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Medvedev arrives in Crimea on his second trip in two recent months

May 25, 2014, 17:07 UTC+3 SIMFEROPOL
On Sunday, the head of the Russian Cabinet will visit the Crimean department of the Russian Federal Migration Service, which has a centre for issuing Russian passports
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SIMFEROPOL, May 25. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has arrived for a two-day working trip to Crimea on Sunday.

This trip is Medvedev’s second once after Crimea’s accession to Russia in March. On March 31, he held an offsite meeting of the Russian government on the peninsula.

On Sunday, the head of the Russian Cabinet will visit the Crimean department of the Russian Federal Migration Service, which has a center for issuing Russian passports. Later in the day, Medvedev, who is the leader of Russia’s ruling United Russia party, will meet with people at the party’s headquarters in Sevastopol.

On Monday, May 26, he will visit the Artek international children’s center and will chair a government meeting dedicated to issues of organizing children’s vacationing.

A large delegation accompanies the prime minister on his current trip, including deputies 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 Sergey 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. 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 today, Artek is planning to receive at least 4,000 children this summer. However, 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 nine children’s camps and two health resort centers in Sevastopol. All of them will 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 that will receive 8.5 million children this year, of which 2.8 million are children from problem families. More than 4.5 billion rubles ($131.7 million) have already been allocated from regions and municipal budgets to organize children’s vacations. More than 4.3 billion rubles ($125.9 million) will come from the federal budget. The average cost of rest in countryside recreation camps is 17,000 rubles (about 500 USD).

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

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