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Meeting with Acting Head of Buryatia Alexei Tsydenov.

Acting Head of the Republic of Buryatia Alexei Tsydenov reported to the Russian President on the region’s socioeconomic development. The discussion also focused on the questions asked by Buryatia residents during Direct Line with Vladimir Putin.

Vladimir Putin at a meeting with Acting Head of Buryatia Alexei Tsydenov.
Vladimir Putin at a meeting with Acting Head of Buryatia Alexei Tsydenov.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Mr. Tsydenov, how is the work going? How are you getting accustomed to your new position and role?

Acting Head of the Republic of Buryatia Alexei Tsydenov:

Mr. President, six months have passed since you entrusted me with the region, the republic. Some of the issues have been resolved since then.

Ulan-Ude was included in the project on safe and quality roads that you initiated. We got in in the nick of time: the project was approved in 2016, we were included in it in 2017 and have already begun repairing roads in Ulan-Ude and neighboring districts; residents appreciate that.

We also managed to receive compensation for last year’s draught to support our agricultural producers. We also established a regional airline that connects the northern regions with the republic’s capital.

Acting Head of Buryatia Alexei Tsydenov.
Acting Head of Buryatia Alexei Tsydenov.
One of the key issues is the cost of electricity, which we have lowered. You instructed us to do so a year ago; a government resolution was adopted in July to include Buryatia in a special pricing zone. We have cut the cost of electricity by almost a quarter for small and medium-sized enterprises. This was of significant help, too.

Of course, there is a whole range of other issues that need to be addressed. I currently am touring districts; I have been in almost all of them. I meet with the locals, ask about priority issues and then begin working on them.

Vladimir Putin:

You had a specific question regarding Selenginsk. What is going on there?

Alexei Tsydenov:

Yes. Selenginsk is a single-industry city. It has been designated a priority development area with a special tax regime. This allows us to attract more investors.

There were several investment projects pending as part of the Single-Industry City program. Unfortunately, the anchor investor went bankrupt and the schedule had to be moved back. But we continue working on these projects and agreed with the Government on adjusting the deadlines. I am certain the work will continue and we will find other investors. There have been several offers.

Besides Selenginsk, Gusinoozersk and several other localities are dedicated to a single industry.

So, we are trying to use the programs available at the federal level in order to solve our socioeconomic issues.

Vladimir Putin:

I brought a folder of questions the public asked during Direct Line. I know you have not had time to address all of these issues but it needs to be done.


These are the main pressure points. We have discussed them before. You are aware of them but the local residents reported them directly to me. So please make sure to take them seriously.

Vladimir Putin with Acting Head of Buryatia Alexei Tsydenov.
Vladimir Putin with Acting Head of Buryatia Alexei Tsydenov.
For example, some complained about the insufficient performance of the Emergencies Ministry local services during the fires (I will speak to the Emergencies Minister separately). I am also concerned about the unresolved issues of foreign nationals involved in economic and commercial activity. I also noted a shortage of capacity in schools and kindergartens.

In general, the latter does not seem to be a problem in the country anymore. However, it is here.

Alexei Tsydenov:

True. We need space for 1,900 more children.

Vladimir Putin:

So, it is necessary to see these measures through to provide enough capacity in both kindergartens and schools, especially in the areas where there are no schools now. Schools must be accessible. You should look into the development of the road system.

This folder contains everything. Please consider it carefully.

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Vladimir Putin had a meeting with Alexei Tsydenov.

Vladimir Putin met with Alexei Tsydenov, who has been appointed Acting Head of the Republic of Buryatia by Presidential Executive Order.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Mr. Tsydenov, your professional career began in the Far East, didn’t it?

Alexei Tsydenov:

Yes, it did.

Vladimir Putin:

Where exactly? Could you tell me a little about it?

Alexei Tsydenov::

I started out at the transport services center of the Railway Ministry’s Far Eastern Railways. In 2001, when the first private rolling stock operators were created, I accepted a job at such a private company. In 2006, I moved to the Transport Ministry and then on to the Government Executive Office.

At the Government Executive Office, I held the positions of section head and deputy director of a department, after which I was promoted to the Federal Agency for Rail Transport. In 2012, I became Deputy Minister of Transport in charge of rail transport, research and the ground-based GLONASS components, as well as strategy and strategic planning documents.

Vladimir Putin
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Did you maintain contacts with the regions?

Alexei Tsydenov::

Yes, I did, especially on strategic issues. We kept in touch because the majority of Russian regions have railways. We maintained close contacts in the framework of your instructions on commuter transportation and other elements of rail transportation.

Vladimir Putin::

In other words, you have a thorough understanding of the situation in Buryatia.

Alexei Tsydenov::

Yes, I do, and I have studied it additionally. I would like to say that Buryatia has a number of objective advantages, primarily its nature, which makes it an attractive tourist destination. It also has a large amount of untapped mineral resources, a favorable location with regard to Asia Pacific countries and promising markets.

The republic’s agriculture has good potential, especially livestock breeding, which is a traditional sector.

The republic has a high-tech industry, although a modest one, but it has a good future in light of the import substitution policy and the current situation.

I am convinced that the quality of life in Buryatia can be improved very quickly under your guidance and with support from the Government and Buryatia’s people. We will do everything in our power to attain this goal.

Vladimir Putin::

You have pinpointed the areas that should be given priority attention. Which of them holds the most promise? Where should we start for the people to see the improvements quickly?

Alexei Tsydenov::

The first issue we need to address is employment. This can be done quickly in livestock breeding and tourism but will take more time in mining, because development in this sector is connected to the transport and energy infrastructure. There is also a big international tourist potential, because Mongolia has a historical interest in Lake Baikal, and China is attracted to it as well. We can work to tap into this potential.

As for the people, they need good roads, comfortable living conditions, beautiful and comfortable courtyards, and social services – healthcare and education. We have some ideas, and I will try to turn them into reality.

Vladimir Putin::

Good.

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PHOTO:

Vladimir Putin, Alexei Tsudenov.
Russian President meeting with Alexei Tsydenov.
Vladimir Putin, Alexei Tsydenov in Kremlin.
Vladimir Putin and Alexei Tsydenov in Kremlin.
Alexei Tsydenov in Kremlin.
Alexei Tsydenov in Kremlin.