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The fifth Internet-conference of the Head of Karelia was held in Petrozavodsk State University

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Internet conference of the Head of Karelia

Internet conference of the Head of Karelia

On May 14 in Petrozavodsk State University hosted annual Internet-conference of the Head of Karelia. for the fifth time using almost all kinds of communication Sergey Katanandov answered questions of citizens of Karelia.

At 11 o'clock in the morning in the largest lecture room of the university there gathered students and teachers, as well as journalists of republican newspapers, TV channels and Internet editions. On large screens video-communication has been established with Belomorsk, Kostomuksha, Sortavala, Pudozh, and also with Petrozavodsk school N10 and mobile studio of Karelia State TV and Radio Company. Besides, within several weeks before the event citizens of the republic had an opportunity to ask Sergey Katanandov their questions by e-mail or through the site of bodies of the government of Karelia; during the conference of the citizens addressed their questions by phones.

Sergey Katanandov at the Internet conference

Sergey Katanandov at the Internet conference

In the beginning Head of Karelia has offered to pay the tribute to the memory of famous journalist Alexander Kolobov who conducted the first Internet-conferences and who died recently.

It has become a tradition that the right to open conference was granted to one of federal news agencies, - the question concerned recent inauguration of the President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev and formation of the new Russian Government under direction of Vladimir Putin. Stability in the society is extremely important for us. Constitutional and legitimate transfer of authority has shown, that Russia is a democratic country, and obligations to citizens will be executed, - Sergey Katanandov has told.

Sergey Katanandov and the conference host Oleg Gornovsky

Sergey Katanandov and the conference host Oleg Gornovsky

During the Internet conference Head of Karelia received the most different questions. However, Sergey Katanandov's anniversary 10-year period in his office of the head of the republic became a refrain. What project you consider the most successful in these years? - the Karelia newspaper journalist Natalia Ovsyannikova has asked. The main thing is that we have achieved consent with the society, Karelia is a stable republic, we have managed to keep the majority of the largest enterprises, and during this period the republican budget has doubled, - Sergey Katanandov has told.

Students at the Internet conference of the Head of the RK

Students at the Internet conference of the Head of the RK

Questions also concerned the nearest plans. Students asked Sergey Katanandov, what sports objects are to appear in Karelia shortly. Sergey Katanandov has informed, that already by the end of this year construction of the Ice sports palace will be launched in Petrozavodsk, development of ski lines in Kurgan district will proceed, new sports bases will appear in Kondopoga, Kostomuksha, and a stadium in Segezha will be completed.

During the live standup in the Vesti-Karelia news the right to ask a question has been given to the youngest ones - pupils of the 4 form of Petrozavodsk school N10 asked the Head of the republic to distribute the School Milk republican program for the fifth form pupils, too.

The Music Box trio

The Music Box trio

Citizens of four regions who have gathered in their Internet centers, communicated with Sergey Katanandov along with students and journalists gathered in the conference room. From Belomorsk the Head of Karelia was invited to the 80th anniversary of the town, from dynamically developing Kostomuksha people asked to solve the problem of shortage of electric power for housing construction, people from Pudozh were interested in allocation of wood for new productions, and from Sortavala they asked to strengthen control over licensing of alcoholic beverages sales.

Many questions received by e-mail concerned problemd vital for the majority of citizens of the republic - repair of roads, street cleaning, work of public transportation. Sergey Katanandov gave precise answers: for repair of roads there will be additionally allocated 150 million roubles; demand from the officials responsible for dirt in the streets will be strengthened; Head of Karelia will interven in the situation with transport communicaion with Barany Bereg locality and will make heads of Petrozavodsk and Prionezhsky region solve this prickly problem.

The fifth Internet conference has also sprung its surprises. Musicians of the Music Box trio presented the Head of Karelia a new song devoted Petrozavodsk. The audience applauded the singers who sang the song right in the room where the conference passed.

In total in two hours Sergey Katanandov has had time to answer 37 of 120 questions received. All people who asked their questions will receive answers in written, Head of Karelia has promised to regain his personal control over solution of many problems.

Ivan Stepanov
Press secretary of the Head of the Republic of Karelia
Photos by Alexy Stetsenko

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