Dikson is one of the Arctic towns hoping for federal investments. Photo: Thomas Nilsen

Ministry wants 210 billion rubles for Arctic development

Russia's new Arctic program has been coordinated with all government bodies, except the Ministry of Finance, the program developers say.
March 03, 2017

Sources of program financing will soon be discussed by government, Deputy Minister of Economic Development Aleksandr Tsybulsky said during this week’s Sochi 2017 investment forum. It is Tsybulsky and his ministry which has elaborated the document.

The program covers the period until 2025. It was recently submitted to government.

According to Tsybulsky, the lion’s share of investments will be made after 2019. Among the biggest planned projects is the construction of the new class of nuclear-powered icebreakers, the so-called Lider, he says in a ministry press release.

A total of 210 billion rubles (€3.38 billion) is needed for program development, the ministry argues. It has been approved by all other ministries. Only not with the Ministry of Finance.

According to newspaper Kommersant, the development of so-called Arctic Support Zones constitutes a central priority in the new program. One specialized zone is to be developed in each of the key Arctic regions, in total eight.

The zones are to help develop the potential of the Northern Sea Route and facilitate exports of ores and other natural resources.

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 Up to two thirds of the 210 billion are planned spent alone on zone development, the newspaper reports. 

The new program will replace the previous Arctic Social-Economic Development Program adopted in 2014 and meant to cover the period until 2020.

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