Vladimir Putin’s Penza visits: background
Penza, 15 October 2014. PenzaNews. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin arrived to Penza with a business trip on Wednesday, October 15.
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According to the official agenda, the head of the country will take part in the plenary meeting of the All-Russia People’s Front (APF) forum “Quality education for the Country” and visit the “Tarkhany” Lermontov State Museum-Reserve.
The visit to the antique estate where Mikhail Lermontov spent his childhood years was arranged to coincide with the poet’s 200th anniversary.
This is the fourth visit of Vladimir Putin to Penza.
Vladimir Putin’s first visit to the region as the President of Russia took place on October 11, 2005. The head of the state held a meeting with the Penza region governor Vasily Bochkarev, during which the two high-ranking officials brought up the topics of salary rates for civil servants, real estate mortgage, and housing development. The governor also briefed the president on the status of the agricultural complex in the region. In addition to that, Vasily Bochkarev showed Vladimir Putin the pictures of a newly completed diagnostics complex building of the regional Burdenko hospital, and a new pavilion for a children’s hospital.
On the same day, the Russian president held a State Council presidium meeting in Penza dedicated to the issue of improving the accessibility and quality of medical aid in the country. Among the speakers on the meeting were the State Council Presidium working group leader and Penza region governor Vasily Bochkarev, and the Minister of Health and Social Development of Russia Mikhail Zurabov.
In addition to that, Vladimir Putin visited the “MedInzh” facility — the largest artificial heart valve research and development enterprise in Russia.
Vladimir Putin’s second visit to Penza took place on January 23, 2008, during a business trip along with the Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. The high-ranking officials visited the opening ceremony of “Burtasy” sports palace built in Arbekovo, and examined the federal cardiovascular surgery center.
Moreover, Vladimir Putin held a meeting on hi-tech medical aid development, during which he ordered the Penza region authorities to resolve the issue of providing housing to the cardiovascular center employees arriving from other towns. The Russian president also suggested increasing the salaries for the cardiovascular specialists above the threshold set in the large cities.
The president also promised to help restore the Penza Lunacharsky Drama Theater, which burnt down on January 2, 2008. With the state support, the new theater building was successfully constructed in only 18 months.
Vladimir Putin’s third visit took place on April 29, 2011, during his office as the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation. The then mrime minister’s visit coincided with the 62th birthday of the Penza region governor Vasily Bochkarev. Vladimir Putin held a video conference with the regional heads dedicated to cultural objects construction and renovation, during which he announced the plans to increase the state funding for culture-oriented areas.
The then prime minister also held a tea meeting with the prominent cultural figures at the Penza Drama Theater.