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Arkhangelsk region and Nenets Autonomous district have announced merger procedures


Arkhangelsk region and Nenets Autonomous district have announced merger procedures

Alexander Tsybulsky and Yury Bezdudny, Acting Governors of the Arkhangelsk region and the Nenets Autonomous district, have signed a memorandum of intent to unite the two regions into one constituent entity of Russia at the meeting in Naryan-Mar. This had launched the procedure of merging these two districts.

Beforehand, the governors held a meeting with heads of government, heads of deputy corps of the two regions and experts.

Although the Nenets Autonomous district is a part of the Arkhangelsk region today, it still remains an independent subject of the Russia. It has 40 thousand inhabitants, it is the most sparsely populated region in the country. The idea of its unification was expressed at the beginning of the XXI century.

“Generally, we can only support the process of such an association. I believe that the misunderstanding, that arose in the Constitution of 1993,  when the equal constituent entities were preserved, required some decision. Apparently, the time has come to think about the Arkhangelsk and Nenets Autonomous districts. There are also other prerequisites for their unification. Historically, many economic and social ties have been established between these regions. The creation of a new entity will be useful for the development of the western sector of the Northern Sea Route and relations with major investors, including oil and gas companies,” said Vladimir Klimanov, Director of the RANEPA Regional Policy Center.

“The questions on the way of the development of these regions have been raised for years: should it be shared or sepatared. The practice of other entities shows that the association provides more opportunities for both the economy and the development of social infrastructure. The main thing we have agreed on is that we will take any steps together, provide opened information and pay respect for the inhabitants,” said Ekaterina Prokopyeva, the Chairperson of the Arkhangelsk Region Council of Deputies.

The final decision will be made by the residents of both regions at the referendums, which will be held this year. Working groups will appear in each region, they will gather initiatives, wishes and suggestions from the public. The unification procedure may take up to one and a half years.

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