Krasnodar, 15 April. Our today’s interviewee is Yevgeni Pervyshov, Krasnodar City Mayor.
Q.: Would you explain in more detail your recent decision to run for the Duma?
A.: Everyone saw that I had discussed my decision with the governor. I am also planning to seek advice of the local branch of [United Russia] party about my future constituency. I reckon that it will be a single-member constituency in Krasnodar, where I am now working as the mayor.These plans appeared quite recently. I understood that the governor is the only lobbyist in the big political arena that seeks for federal financial backup of activities aimed at advancement of the region and settlement of the problems that cannot be resolved at the local level. I decided to go and help the regional leader, and the State Duma is the most appropriate place to do so. I would like to get involved in environmental issues. We are polluting the [Kuban] River – but neither the municipality nor the region can allocate the money we need [to mend the situation] instantaneously. Besides, we will have to find federal or other financial sources to resolve the traffic issue.
Q.: How would you evaluate your work as the mayor of the city?
A.: It is local inhabitants who will evaluate my work – including during the upcoming election campaign. I can say that I do not feel ashamed of what I have been doing. I can walk around the city without having to hide my eyes from my fellow countrymen.
Q.: While you are the mayor – what are your plans for the nearest six months?
A.: For instance, Popular Park, and the construction of a park at Molodezhny neighbourhood. The level of their preparedness is very high. I am also looking forward to a selection session under the program “Formation of comfortable urban environment.” I believe that people will be voting actively to develop and landscape the green zones they are interested in.
Q.: What are the problems of the city that you would like to discuss at the level of the State Duma first of all?
A.: There are lots of such problems. One of them is the issue of dacha communities. It is an extremely actual and very complicated issue. The dacha amnesty allowed the landlords to legalise and acknowledge their right of ownership in all dacha communities. Then it was permitted to register dachas as official domicile. As a result, we got communities where urban-planning, fire-fighting and sanitary norms were not observed. I believe that the government should act logically. If we decided to legalise unauthorised constructions that became country houses and permitted registration of domicile in such houses, we should be striving to look for the ways to create adequate living conditions in them. In this case, the issues of gas supply and construction permits are arising, because there are legal restrictions imposed by the fire safety agency that would not authorise to implement this or that project.
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