Sergei Sobyanin’s interview with the Vesti-Moskva programme on Rossiya-1 TV

12 October 2014

Mikhail Zelensky: Outside, the golden autumn is wonderful. But we can talk about the weather and nature another time; today let’s talk about the Golden Autumn exhibition, which is taking place at National Exhibition of Economic Achievements (VDNKh). What is the exhibition all about?

Sergei Sobyanin: Golden Autumn is an exhibition that’s organised every year by the Russian government, most regions in the country exhibit their products and guests come in from around the country and abroad. A distinctive feature of this exhibition is that the city decided to change it from a strictly professional format, a format for experts, to an open format where you can not only touch and examine the products, but also actually buy them.

So, we put up ​​special tents at VDNKh. They hold about 40 representatives from various regions and countries. Retail sales are very brisk and VDNKh is a very active place. This is kind of a culmination of our autumn festival of food fairs that took place in 70 venues. But that’s not all. We are operating 23 sites continuously. The regions will vary — some come, some go, but this site will be permanent.

Mikhail Zelensky: Mr Sobyanin, more importantly, perhaps, is that the event this week is the confirmation of the targeted investment programme to 2017. What will happen with the pace of construction and the costs? Will they change in any way?

Sergei Sobyanin: The situation is tight with the federal and municipal budget, but nevertheless we are trying to maintain the structure of the budget, in which 25 percent goes to capital construction, the city’s development needs; and this is money that will be used primarily for the construction of the metro and roads. In the next three years, and 2014 has not yet ended, we have to build about 400 kilometres of roads and more than 70 kilometres of metro lines, about 200 educational facilities, 70 health facilities, and so on. The programme itself implies that the city will not stagnate, but continue to be developed, especially the infrastructure, which in turn makes it possible to attract investment in urban real estate, retail, hotels, offices, housing and so on and will allow us to add about 8 million square metres worth of buildings of various kinds. This allows the city to continue to be developed, but at the same time, of course, take into account the interests of the community, the interests of the city.

Sourse: The website of the Mayor and the Government of Moscow

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