Three Thousand People Got Free ‘hectares in the Russian North
Since 1 August 2021, the largest number of applications for ‘hectares’ in the Arctic were received in the Murmansk Region, the Republic of Karelia, the Arkhangelsk Region and the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area.1 June 2022
Russians receive land under the Hectare in the Arctic programme in order to build housing and develop tourism and entrepreneurship. As of today, 3,000 people have taken the land, and the total area of land plots granted is 2,100 hectares. This was reported by the Far East Development Corporation (FEDC), subordinate to the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and the Arctic.
‘The Arctic zone of the Russian Federation is developing, hundreds of new enterprises are being created, infrastructure is being updated, and we see these advancements motivate people to make plans on their land. Interim results of the Hectare in the Arctic programme support this claim, as 3,000 people have already taken the land,' said Elvira Nurgalieva, First Deputy Director-General for Social Development of the Far East Development Corporation.
For the period since 1 August 2021, the largest number of applications for ‘hectares’ in the Arctic (excluding the cancelled ones) were received in the Murmansk Region (3,116), the Republic of Karelia (2,076), the Arkhangelsk Region (1,022) and the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area (553). More than 6,900 applications were accepted in total, contracts were concluded for 2,500 and the land was provided to users. The rest of the applications are under consideration by the authorised bodies or at the stage of formation and signing of contracts.
According to Elvira Nurgalieva, the participants of the Hectare in the Arctic programme are preparing to implement their ideas — to build their own houses, get their own household plots, develop tourist attractions and engage in entrepreneurship.
Recall that the Hectare in the Arctic programme is being implemented in the Far East and the Arctic. Since 2016, land can be obtained free of charge in the Far Eastern Federal District. Since 2021, the programme has been extended to the Arctic territories of six more regions — the Murmansk Region, the Nenets Autonomous Area and the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area, as well as in the municipalities of the Arkhangelsk Region, the Komi Republic and the Republic of Karelia.