Working meeting with Acting Governor of Ivanovo Region Stanislav Voskresensky 2018-07-03 14:10:00 The Kremlin, Moscow Stanislav Voskresensky briefed the President on the socioeconomic situation in the region. Early on during the meeting, Stanislav Voskresensky focused on complying with the presidential instructions issued following the Direct Line concerning a preferential loan for a large family. Further, the Acting Governor, who has held this position since October 2017, reported on progress in addressing the region’s problems, including low wages, bad roads and poor quality of healthcare, and asked for support in replenishing the fleet of ambulances and school buses. According to Mr Voskresensky, the region has new investors. Two major federal companies, SOGAZ and Inter RAO, decided to place a number of their subdivisions in the Ivanovo Region. The plant producing Ivanovets truck cranes is being modernised, and its output is now exported. With regard to investments in agriculture, they will amount to about 3 billion rubles this year, which is 30 times more than last year. A large livestock production complex, several dairy processing complexes and other enterprises have been built. The Ministry of Agriculture approved these investments and will allocate loans on easy terms. Flax cultivation is being revived. A decision was made to create an advanced development area in Navoloki, northern Ivanovo Region. The investors are already buying equipment and starting construction. Domestic tourism is expanding in the region. The railway station in Ivanovo is being renovated. Investments are made in the town of Palekh, an important site for Russian history and culture, which has been considered the capital of Russian icon painting since the 18th century. In addition, the Russian Government allocated funds to repair the road to Palekh, which is home to one of the largest museums of Russian icons. Improving life in the region’s small towns is a top priority. Many of them, such as Palekh, Kineshma, Yuryevets, Shuya, Kholui – the capital of the lacquer miniature – and other towns, are an important part of the Russian cultural history. The Acting Governor of the Ivanovo Region also said that he needs federal support to improve roads, in particular, the road connecting Ivanovo with Nizhny Novgorod, which will help promote mutually beneficial development projects for the two regions.