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The thesis on the development of the Far East as Russia's national priority for the entire 21st century set a new vector for the movement of the macroregion

Brand new features
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Olga Merkulova

Managing Director EastRussia
The thesis on the development of the Far East as Russia's national priority for the whole XXI century, announced by the country's president three years ago, set a new vector for the movement of the macroregion. As the saying goes, “status obliges”: for the past time, we have witnessed the fact that the Far East has indeed begun to sound - both in the reports of officials of various levels, in the statements of large corporations, and in the news of the central channels.

The state has gone further than talk - special laws have been passed, funding has been opened for fundamentally new models, the first success stories have appeared. Great hopes are placed on the upcoming 2017 year - it is he who must show what really works and will have an effect, and that for some reason will remain unclaimed. Or, worse, due to the inertia of the law-enforcement practices, it will be buried under administrative and bureaucratic pressure.

We especially feel many contradictions, working on a specialized resource This information project exists since 2013 year, and it was originally created as an expert platform for exchanging views on everything that happens in the regions of the East of Russia. Weekly, we publish the EastRussia newsletter, whose subscribers are the "first persons" of many companies and institutions, and therefore our editorial team has quick and direct feedback.

What is most obvious is that the region of the Far East is too large to make many generalizations. Here, Kamchatka and the Sakhalin region provide impressive growth in industrial production in January – October of the year 2016 (112,1% and 106,6%, respectively). The Amur region and the Jewish Autonomous Region, on the contrary, are falling (90% and 87,4%). But on average in the Far East - 100,2%, the result, while not particularly relevant to the priority development.

How much people living in the regions of the Far Eastern Federal District consider themselves to be Far Easterners? As far as people are concerned about the problems of neighboring regions: the inhabitants of Yakutia - the problems of Primorye, the inhabitants of the Amur region - the concern of the Kamchatka people? And, finally, as far as any business, any investor is ready to "come to the Far East" - in fact, it comes to the Russian Federation, to some specific location.

That's what really is the same for the entire Far East today - these are new opportunities that open for people and entrepreneurs against the backdrop of increased state attention. I want to sincerely believe that this "brand of opportunity" will be strong enough to withstand both internal contradictions, and reasonable criticism, and a crisis of the first setbacks.

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