The visit to the children’s center marks the start of Vladimir Putin’s working trip to the Black Sea coast.
The President looked at the unique architecture of the sports center on the waterfront and other facilities. He paid particular attention to unfinished building projects, including residential buildings and the medical center. The President was told that once construction is completed Orlyonok would be able to accommodate twice as many children as today. Now it receives more than 20,000 children, more than half of whom need particular government support: low-income families, orphans, children from environmentally unsafe regions, regions of military conflicts and emergency situations.
President Putin then looked at the master plan of the Olympic Village children’s camp.
After visiting the complex the President chaired a meeting where he stressed that Russia had only two such children’s centers: Orlyonok and Ocean in the Far East. He said a plan for their reconstruction and development was needed.
He urged the need not only to build the housing complexes, but also to develop the infrastructure.
Concrete proposals on the reconstruction and further development of the complex were made by Education Minister Vladimir Filippov, Governor of the Krasnodar Region Alexander Tkachev and Chairman of the State Sports Committee Vyacheslav Fetisov.