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The Arctic attracts the attention of the world’s most powerful countries, Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic Alexei Chekunkov said at the Gaidar Forum on January 15.

Researchers at the Tomsk State University (TSU), jointly with colleagues from the Institute of High Current Electronics (IHCE) of the Russian Academy of Sciences have developed a monomeric coating that can protect electronic equipment from rust and changes in temperature of  –196 to +130 degrees.  

The Ministry for Development of the Far East and the Arctic has proposed expanding land boundaries of the Arctic zone by incorporating territories in the Arkhangelsk Region, Karelia, Komi and the Krasnoyarsk Territory.

The Government has decided to overhaul the system of development institutes of the Russian Far East and Arctic, which will be reformed as a single development institute.

The reform will involve the Human Capital Development Agency in the Russian Far East and Arctic (HCFE), the Far East Investment and Export Agency (FEIEA), the Far East Development Corporation (FEDC), and the Far East Development Fund (FEDF), which will be integrated into a single Far East development institute.

“As a result, our Russian and foreign investors and partners implementing projects in the Russian Far East and Arctic will be able to deal with one institution,” reads a press release of the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic.

This consolidation will “enhance the effectiveness of interaction between the state and businesses, and will make the procedure as simple and convenient as possible for the people, Russian companies and their foreign partners.”

The reform will also promote the systemic development and creation of more favorable conditions for doing business in the Russian Far East and Arctic.

The Russian Academy of Sciences considers the initiative to return the name of Nicholas II to the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, put forward by a group of social activists, insufficiently historically justified, as well as the Soviet period. In addition, in 1914, the name Land of Emperor Nicholas II was assigned to only one of the islands, therefore the very formulation of the issue contained in the appeal about “returning the archipelago to its original name“ is not entirely correct. ”This is stated in a letter from the Academy to the first vice-speaker of the Legislative Assembly Krasnoyarsk Territory Sergei Popov.

At the end of September, a letter with a proposal to return the name of Nicholas II to the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago in the Arctic Ocean was sent to the authorities of the Krasnoyarsk Territory. The appeal was supported by the traveler Fyodor Konyukhov, Bishop Iakov of Naryan-Mar, the granddaughter of the discoverer of the archipelago Boris Vilkitsky, Irina Tikhomirova, and State Duma deputy Viktor Zubarev. Earlier the initiative was supported by the governor of the region Alexander Uss.

Earlier, the committee on state organization, legislation and local self-government of the Legislative Assembly of the region sent inquiries to scientific and expert, state and municipal structures: the Academy of Sciences, Moscow State University, the Russian Geographical Society, the Siberian Federal University, the administration of the Taimyr region, the governor of the region.

According to the first vice-speaker of the Legislative Assembly - chairman of the committee on state organization of the regional parliament Popov, the committee receives appeals from public associations, including little-known foreign organizations. He added that the regional parliament received three documents with a scientific substantive opinion. "This is a museum of local lore, the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Russian Geographical Society," Popov said, adding that the collection of opinions will continue until the end of December 2021.