OREANDA-NEWS.  February 10, 2012. The conference participants discussed the relocation of people from dilapidated housing at the Korkinsky open pit mine in the Chelyabinsk Region. Putin said that the government had allocated 2 billion roubles for the emergency relocation. He also criticised the government of Udmurtia for failing to promptly repair housing and other facilities in the republic damaged during the explosions at a nearby military depot last year.

Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, colleagues. Let’s discuss the resettlement of those living in dilapidated housing. I’m referring to the township I visited and the nearby localities and residential blocks. I will not describe what I saw there because you’ve seen it for yourselves, and I have described it before. Let’s talk instead about the practical steps to resolve the problem, which has been growing in scale for years. We won’t discuss its growth either; what we must do is decide on a scheduled plan of action.

The Russian government made a decision on this issue yesterday. We have allocated 2 billion roubles to resettle the emergency cases. I know that the regional government is also working on this issue. Let’s talk about our practical plan and the schedule. Please, Mr Yurevich (Mikhail Yurevich, Governor of the Chelyabinsk Region).

Mikhail Yurevich: Good afternoon, Mr Putin.