Construction in protected areas was one of the issues discussed. Mr Kovalev also briefed the President on the socioeconomic situation in the region.
Mr Putin raised the issue of construction at places related to the life and work of the renowned Russian poet Sergei Yesenin (1895–1925). The President said it is important to protect these places of special significance for Russian culture from construction. Mr Putin asked the Governor to make a thorough examination of all aspects of this issue and hold consultations with experts and the public, and said that needed decisions would get the Russian Government’s and State Duma’s support.