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Putin instructed to work out the transfer of forest protection of a number of regions to the federal level
The President of the Russian Federation instructed the government to prepare proposals on transferring forest protection powers in a number of regions to the federal level. He clarified that he means areas with extensive forests and low population density.
As the TASS, Vladimir Putin gave instructions at a meeting with the Cabinet of Ministers. He called the forest fire situation in Yakutia, Karelia and the Chelyabinsk region difficult. After hearing the report of the head of Yakutia, Aisen Nikolaev, on wildfires in the region, the president asked how he felt about such an initiative.
Nikolaev supported the proposal, noting that it is important to resolve issues of protecting such a huge territory from fires at the federal level. In total, over 200 wildfires are active in the region. Area covered by fire exceeded 1,57 million hectares.