Today, we need the government to define the approach to using the rich resources of the Arctic and the North, as well as to creating congenial conditions for people who live and work on territories with extreme, harsh climate — Nikolay Kharitonov, Chairman of the Committee for Regional Policy and Issues of the North and Far East, State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.
Since 1990s, here in Russia it is the regional authorities – primarily in the Arctic regions, in the Far East, and namely the governors and the legislative bodies – that bear the burden of work, help and cooperation — Grigory Ledkov, President, Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia, and the Far East (RAIPON).
Several draft laws were prepared deep in the Federation Council. They mainly tackle advanced development of Russia’s Arctic zone. This is a comprehensive backbone law that has been prepared , and we are ready to review it — Aleksandr Akimov, Chairman of the Council for the Arctic and Antarctic at the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation; Deputy Chair, Federation Council Committee on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government, and Affairs of the North.
Under national goals and strategic development objectives, the Government committed to developing the Northern Sea Route by 2024 and take the cargo traffic up to 80 million tons involving Russia’s regional authorities, mainly in the northern regions — Alexander Mazharov, Deputy Governor of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area.