As jetlag prevent officials from Moscow to manage the Far East
Vladivostok is sometimes called the Eastern capital of Russia. But for the capital he has little independence, because important issues are in Moscow. Big time difference complicates this process: officials fly a lot and suffer from getlegal.
East economic forum, which takes place in Vladivostok, the fourth year to discuss the development of the Far East and Russia’s cooperation with countries in the Asia-Pacific region. And on every forum speakers, mainly from Moscow, with discontent recall how far from the capital centre of decision — making- is the far East.
From Moscow to Vladivostok, more than 9 thousand kilometers. The time difference with Moscow is seven hours.
Deputy Minister of economic development Sergey Gorkov called on the forum to change the attitude of the region to the far East to Russia became neighbours. “God forbid” — sadly joked the head of the Russian Union of Industrialists and entrepreneurs Alexander Shokhin.
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Jokes about the geographical remoteness of one of the “priority” for the Russian authorities and regions appear for a reason.
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Traditionally, a large proportion of forum participants coming from the European part of Russia. After a long flight and the time zone changes, many Muscovites can’t hide fatigue. And local officials laughed — once, has to be arranged not to them.
But the forum is only three days a year.
All the rest of the inhabitants of the Eastern part of Russia, have to rely on Moscow time, though the time difference with the Russian capital is six to nine hours. The reason for that political centralization in which without the approval of Moscow is sometimes impossible to decide important issues.
While Federal officials are obliged to pay attention to the development of the region. Attention of Moscow to the Far East appeared 11 years ago, when President Vladimir Putin said that the APEC summit 2012 will be held in Vladivostok.
After that, the region’s money flowed. In 2012 even created a special Ministry for development of Russian Far East. It was the first Department dealing with one specific region. Five years later, Putin called “the rise of Siberia and the Far East” a national priority for all XXI century. On the Eastern forum this year, he reiterated it.
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In the end, some officials have a lot of to fly between Moscow and Vladivostok, and “colleagues fall sometimes,” said the presidential envoy in the far East Yuri Trutnev. But the problems are no and deal with, he said. Trutnev himself says that getlegal does not suffer from the malaise of jet lag.
“This is a sunrise and sunset with the shape of our planet. Neither yet, perhaps, not necessary to change it. Let everything be as it is, and people need to do more physical exercise. And then they will feel good regardless of the jetlag,” said Trutnev, an avid athlete (the envoy enjoys karate and car racing).
The time difference is not a problem, said acting Governor of Primorye Andrey Tarasenko. While Moscow sleeps Primorye already makes, he jokes.
The Ministry for development of Russian Far East in the beginning, there were three headquarters. “My headquarters will also be located in Moscow, Khabarovsk, and Vladivostok,” — said the now former Minister for Far East development Alexander Galushka.
Now the Agency is actually working around the clock, said the first Deputy head of the Ministry for development of Russian Far East Sergei Terziev:
This is an unusual practice. When you assign tasks to colleagues in the far East while Moscow is asleep, they decide. We come in the morning everything is ready.
The official admitted that a large number of flights affects the condition of the body, but “the country has already used”.
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When the Ministry for development of Russian Far East was just created, it is almost at full strength was in Khabarovsk, and the dynamics of its operation was much lower, adds Deputy Deputy Minister Alexander Krutikov.
“You have to understand that it is still all the key decisions are made in Moscow,” he says.