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TAMBOV, May 11 (Itar-Tass) —— Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited Tambov war veterans in their new flat, which they received after the presidential decree to provide the veterans of the Great Patriotic War with housing.
On the eve of his visit to Tambov the premier received an invitation from Vyacheslav Smirnov, 88, and Maria Galizdra, 90. The spouses were granted a three-room flat in a new residential house by Victory Day in 2010. This residential house was built particularly under the program of housing for the veterans.
“I am very glad to visit you, witness how the decree (of the president) was fulfilled, take a look at new housing for veterans not only in Moscow, but, for instance, in Tambov,” Medvedev noted. “For four years since the decree was signed over 200,000 veterans were granted flats, and quite few more veterans should be provided with housing,” the premier said in a conversation with the hosts of the flat.
Medvedev presented a bunch of flowers and a tea set to the veterans. The spouses took him on a tour of his flat, pledging that they are satisfied with everything in a new house, and then invited him for a tea party.
Maria Galizdra told Medvedev what hardships she went through during the war. She survived the Leningrad siege, then worked at the frontline hospital. After the war the spouses received medical education and worked in Tashkent until 1992, when their sons brought them to Tambov. There the veterans lived in a rented flat for five years, then they were accommodated at the home for veterans, and moved to their flat two years ago. “I am glad that you have such good housing conditions,” the prime minister said.
In his farewells Medvedev congratulated all veterans of the residential house on Victory Day.
Meanwhile, the prime minister noted that he will sign a governmental resolution on May 12 over the procedure of one-time allowances for some categories of Russian citizens on the occasion of the 67th anniversary of the Great Victory.
After the visit to the veterans in a 14-storey residential house Medvedev laid down a wreath to the Eternal Fire on the Square of Assemblies in Tambov. After that the prime minister visited war and labour veterans living in the home for elderly people.
Medvedev is also expected to meet with Governor of the Tambov Region Oleg Betin.