Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev in the North Bay on the island of Alexandra Land
Photo: Alexei Druzhinin / TASS
Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev made a working trip to the Arctic. This is the first joint appearance of top officials in public after anti-corruption demonstrations with demand to respond to the inquiry about the property premiere
The President of Russia Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday visited the island of Alexandra Land archipelago Franz-Joseph, where the estimated results of liquidation of environmental damage in the Arctic zone of Russia, informs a press-service of the Kremlin.
The results of “General cleaning” of the Arctic, Putin and Medvedev reported to the Minister of natural resources Sergey Donskoy, adds “Interfax”. The President and Prime Minister were able to assess the results of the work done from the special viewing platform where top officials met the journalists. “Don’t freeze out there” — appealed to him the President after the report of the don. The temperature today on the Land of Franz-Joseph — of about minus 28 degrees.
“Interfax” adds that the President and the Prime Minister also visited an ice cave, which was formed by the melting glacier, and was discovered a few years ago. In the cave Putin, armed with an ice pick, hand-carved from a glacier a few fragments for research.
Also, Putin and Medvedev visited the Museum exhibition of the National Park “Russian Arctic”. During the tour, the acting Director of the “Russian Arctic” Alexander Kirilov told the guests about the habits of living in the archipelago of the animals, particularly polar bears and walruses. Also the first persons of the state revealed a number of archaeological finds, including a piece of skin of the Soviet plane TB-3 that crashed on one of the Islands of the archipelago.
The working visit of Putin and Medvedev, accompanied by defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and presidential special representative on the issues of ecology and transport Minister Sergei Ivanov.
A source in the government told RBC that the offer to go to the Land of Franz Josef Medvedev came from Putin personally. A spokesman for Prime Minister Natalia Timakova has confirmed to RBC that the proposal came from the Kremlin. According to the interlocutor in the government, to go to the Land of Franz Josef Putin invited Medvedev “even before Sunday’s events” (anti-corruption rallies. — RBC). A Federal official told RBC that the preparation of the visit of the first persons engaged in the government and the press service of the Kremlin since the beginning of this week.
Anti-corruption rallies were held on Sunday, March 26, in many large cities of Russia. The protesters demanded to start investigation against Medvedev on the basis of materials of the Fund of struggle against corruption (FBK) Alexei Navalny “He’s not Dimon.” The film argued that the Prime Minister has “huge tracts of land in the elite areas and disposes of yachts and apartments in old mansions, as well as the agro-complexes and wineries in Russia and abroad”.
Medvedev’s press Secretary Natalya Timakova, commenting on the investigation the FCO has stated that it “has a pronounced pre-election character, as he himself says.” According to her, it is meaningless to comment on “the propaganda attacks of the opposition and the convict character.”
After the protests, the leader of “Fair Russia” Sergey Mironov has joined the requirement to check the facts from the investigation the FCO about Medvedev (previously it was demanded by the Communist faction in the state Duma). Mironov criticized the Prime Minister for his silence in response to anti-corruption claim.
The reaction to the protests voiced in the Federation Council. The speaker of the upper house of Parliament Valentina Matviyenko urged the authorities “not to hide the head under the wing”. According to her, the government should respond to rallies in the country, to engage in dialogue with citizens to understand why they are protesting.
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