The Ministry for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic has submitted for consideration to the Russian government a draft law on the free receipt of the land plots in the country’s Arctic zone for the construction of a residential building or for any economic activity.
According to the ministry, the document was prepared on behalf of the head of the state commission for the development of the Arctic, Deputy Prime Minister Yury Trutnev.
“Far Easterners take land to build housing and implement their entrepreneurial ideas. Of course, this is also relevant for residents of the Arctic territories – we have received relevant proposals from a number of regions”, said Yury Trutnev.
“2.5 million people live in the Arctic zone of Russia, 90 percent of them live in cities, quite large ones like Murmansk, Arhangelsk, Norilsk. So the land around the cities will be in demand for building houses and doing business. In addition, the demand for suburban real estate has grown sharply in the context of restrictive measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection. Now the bill has been submitted for consideration by the Cabinet of Ministers of Russia”, said Alexander Krutikov, Deputy Head of the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East.
In order not to create a new law, it was decided to amend the Federal Law No. 119 (on the Far Eastern hectare). Only local residents will have the right to receive land plots in the first six months of the law in the Arctic, and then any Russian citizen, as well as a participant in the state program for the voluntary resettlement of compatriots living abroad to the Russian Federation, will have this right.
It will be possible to get a free plot of land up to one hectare in size for a period of five years, and then issue a property or long-term lease. You can use the land for the construction of a residential building or for any economic activity, including the creation of a personal farm, the provision of various types of services, including tourism, etc.
The Arctic Hectare program will start working in the summer of 2021, residents of the Arctic will be able to register the land plots – in the Murmansk region, the Nenets Autonomous District and the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District, as well as in 23 other municipal districts of the Krasnoyarsk region, the Arhangelsk region, the republics of Komi and Karelia.
Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: open sources