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Working meeting with Governor of Arkhangelsk Region Igor Orlov

August 22, 2016, The Kremlin, Moscow

Vladimir Putin held a working meeting with Governor of the Arkhangelsk Region Igor Orlov to discuss the region’s socioeconomic situation, as well as the upcoming celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of the first Arctic convoy’s arrival in Arkhangelsk.

Mr Orlov briefed the President on the creation of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Federal Research Centre for Comprehensive Arctic Studies, which will focus on enhancing the efficiency and reliability of the Arctic energy base, developing the continental shelf, enabling Russia to exercise its sovereign rights within the exclusive economic zone, creating a single telecommunications information space, and eliminating human environmental impacts.

The President also discussed with the Governor initiatives aimed at supporting small and medium-sized enterprises.

At the end of August, celebrations will take place marking the 75th anniversary of the arrival in Arkhangelsk of the first convoy that delivered goods and equipment to the USSR from its allies in the anti-Hitler coalition. Arkhangelsk and Murmansk received convoys from Britain and Iceland from 1941 to 1945. According to the Governor, guests from Great Britain are expected to take part in celebrations alongside Russian veterans.

August 22, 2016, The Kremlin, Moscow