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Russian premier begins a two-day visit to Crimea

May 25, 2014, 3:45 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Medvedev, who is the leader of the United Russia party, will receive local people at the party’s public reception room

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MOSCOW, May 25/ /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will start a two-day visit to Crimea on Sunday.

“On May 25, the prime minister will visit the Russian Federal Migration Service department for the city of Sevastopol to see how passports are being issued to the citizens of Russia,” the Russian government’s official website reports.

Medvedev, who is the leader of the United Russia party, will receive local people at the party’s public reception room the same day.

On Monday, May 26, the Russian prime minister will chair a meeting with Crimean vice-premiers to discuss how to organise recreation for children. Later on, he will visit the Artek international children’s center.

This is going to be Medvedev’s second trip to Crimea since it reunited with Russia on March 18. On March 31, he held an offsite meeting of the Russian government on the peninsula.

A large delegation will accompany the prime minister on his current trip, including Vice-Premiers Igor Shuvalov, Dmitry Kozak, Arkady Dvorkovich, Olga Golodets, Dmitry Rogozin, Sergei Prikhodko, Yuri Trutnev and Alexander Khloponin; as well as ministers Dmitry Livanov, Vladimir Puchkov, Veronika Skvortsova, Maxim Topilin, Oleg Savelyev; Oleg Belaventsev, the Russian president’s envoy to the Crimean Federal District, and Crimea’s acting Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov.

At present, the Russian Federal Migration Service is issuing passports to persons who permanently reside in the territories of Crimea and the federal city of Sevastopol. Temporary passport centers have been set up in the Crimean capital of Simferopol, the federal city of Sevastopol and Kerch. For example, the Sevastopol passport center employs almost 300 people who work in two shifts and prepare up to 7,000 passports daily. A total of 256,883 passports had been ready by May 19.

The Artek international children’s camp opened on June 16, 1925. Though it is not in its best condition at the moment, Artek is planning to receive at least 4,000 children this summer. But the camp needs repairs and renovation to be able to receive more guests.

Crimea has a total of 57 children’s recreation camps and 10 health resort centers. There are 9 children’s camps and 2 health resort centers in Sevastopol. All of them are to be inspected by the end of May to see whether these recreation facilities meet sanitary requirements.

Russia, with Crimea excluded, has 52,000 camps and health resort centers which will receive 8.5 million children this year, of which 2.8 million are children from problem families. The average cost of rest in countryside recreation camps is 17,000 roubles (about $500).

More than 30,000 children from other parts of Russia will spend their summer vacations in Crimea this year.

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