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Meeting with Roman Busargin

May 10, 2022, The Kremlin, Moscow

Roman Busargin has been appointed Acting Governor of the Saratov Region.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, Mr Busargin.

Roman Busargin: Good afternoon, Mr President.

Vladimir Putin: You need no introduction to the Saratov Region. I can see that you were born and have lived and worked there your entire life. Now you serve as the deputy chair of the regional government, dealing with local economic activities, which is a key area of focus for any region.

Mr Busargin, what is your assessment of the current state of affairs and short-term prospects?

Roman Busargin: Mr President, we have certain development prospects outlined, primarily concerning socioeconomic issues, population issues and investment potential.

Last year, the region had a budget surplus for the first time in ten years. If you vest your confidence in me, I will try to use the best of my experience and justify your expectations.

Vladimir Putin: You do have significant experience and your overall results have been quite satisfactory. You know what you are doing.

Mr Busargin, I want to wish you success and I hope that your knowledge, experience and understanding of the region will benefit the people and the Saratov Region.

I am certain that this region’s tremendous potential will be able to multiply under your leadership and will be used in the best possible way.

Roman Busargin: Thank you.

I will do my utmost to justify your confidence, Mr President.

Vladimir Putin: Good, Mr Busargin. Good luck.

May 10, 2022, The Kremlin, Moscow