Former mayor of Vorkuta, now a member of the Public chamber of the Russian Federation Igor Shpektor said that the participants of the meeting on the Arctic with the participation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, scheduled for the end of March in Arkhangelsk, demand for 150 thousand rubles. According to him, under the Ministry of economic development of the Russian Federation, which prepares the meeting created “a special structure that makes money” on access to Putin, writes “Nezavisimaya Gazeta”.
Shpektor, who is also the President of the Union of cities Arctic and the far North, said that the economy Ministry is highly recommended that in parallel with the presidential meeting of the Congress of the Union of Arctic cities in Russia, which will have to come all the mayors. At the same time for participation in the presidential meeting will have to pay the aforementioned amount.
According to Spector, the Ministry told him that “you can pay only 100 thousand, but then Putin you will not see, since at the plenary meeting, you will not be allowed”. “In such circumstances, I’m canceling the Congress of Arctic cities”, – he said 18 Jan.
Later that same day, the press Secretary of the Ministry of economic development Elena laskina categorically denied all, said Shpektor, reported in the publication.
Organization of the international forum “the Arctic – territory of dialogue” deals Recongress that is not subordinated to Ministry of economy. Chairman of the forum organizing Committee is Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.
This story somehow reminded resonant charity evening in St. Petersburg in December 2010 with the participation of Putin and foreign stars, the notorious organized by Foundation “Federation”. This evening Putin, being Prime Minister, sang and played the piano. Media reported that while seat at table close to Putin and Western celebrities have sold a million rubles. The organizers of the evening is categorically denied.