“We must ensure the creation of new enterprises and good jobs in Russia, and minimise the distance from business ideas and innovations to the end product and the market.”
“The war memorial programmes are always a priority because they are essential not so much for you as for future generations. People must know about the war, they must understand what happened, appreciate it and be proud of it.”
At the Government meeting, the prime minister promised that pensions will increase by 7% instead of the planned 6.1% as of February 1 this year.
“I really like talking to audiences like this one,” the prime minister told the students. “I always enjoy it, but it’s especially nice on St Tatyana’s day, the day of Russian students.”
“When we are together, when we feel that we are a united nation, Russia has always managed to overcome any difficulties and times of trouble, to defeat its enemies and to uphold its freedom and independence.”
The meeting focused on proposals for the development of the Far East and Eastern Siberia, which had been drafted on the prime minister’s instructions. In Vladimir Putin’s opinion, they must include the establishment of a development institute and the attraction of modern and efficient managers in order “to address the acute problems” in the region.
“Our positive demographic trend continues. We have received the latest data on this subject. This means that the efforts of the federal government and regional authorities have not been in vain. In 2011 over 1.7 million children were born and the death rate decreased by 5.6%. I’m pleased to say that these figures are the best Russia has seen in the last 19 years.”
“I expect that the heads of football fan clubs, as well as all football fans, will take part in preparations for the world cup, and will help make it a festive event for all lovers of this remarkable sport.”
“What is important to me is not being in power, but having an opportunity to resolve the problems facing the country.”
“From now on inspections will be held at service stations that will be certified not by regional officials or by federal agencies or even by the State Road Traffic Safety Inspectorate, but rather by the Russian Union of Auto Insurers. This is an issue of fundamental importance.”
Orlov reported that 2011 was generally a “decent” year for his republic because they focused on the real sector of the economy. The meeting participants emphasised major projects in agriculture and the modernisation of healthcare and education. The prime minister also commented on the republic’s programme of support for families with many children.
The meeting focused on socio-economic development in the republic over the past year, which the prime minister assessed as adequate, especially in industry, agriculture and construction, with results exceeding the national average. The prime minister also drew Mr Khamitov’s attention to the low growth of wages in education and instructed him to address the issue.
“Your career is a special one. And regardless of how the process of delivering content to clients changes, your work proceeds from a civic stance and is based on the talent of the people implementing this project, a project of tremendous importance for any country and for any society.”
“Russia’s economic results and the results of the government’s work in 2011 show that they are, without exaggeration, among the best in the world.”
“People have been fishing since time immemorial. Recreational fishing does no harm to the environment or to biological resources. What is harmful is poaching, but this is a different matter entirely! You must fight poaching more effectively.”
“Of course, we must make sure that the results of work and economic effectiveness of a particular region’s team have a direct bearing on the quality of life of the citizens living in the region, and that there is no gap between the paper reports and the actual social wellbeing of citizens.”
The meeting focused on socio-economic development in the region, which the prime minister assessed as acceptable, and its regional product growth rate – which is one of the highest in the world. Special attention was paid to social issues, particularly to kindergartens catering to almost 90% of Kaluga’s pre-school children, and boasting an even better quality of service than that on offer in Europe.
The president of Ingushetia reported that the situation in the republic is “stable and quiet.” A federal targeted programme on the republic’s development is in progress. Investments are growing, and tax revenues have increased by 270%. “It is a record,” the prime minister noted.
During the discussion the prime minister noted that industrial production in the region grew at a rate three times higher than the country’s average, with processing companies making up 83% of the region’s industry. The governor reported on the state of the agro-industrial complex and housing construction. As usual, special attention was paid to healthcare and education modernisation programmes.