"They provoke us to mirror actions. Let's see what to do with it"

Image source: Фото: РИА Новости/Владимир Астапкович

The President commented on the drone raid on Moscow and the regionWith drone attacks on Moscow and the Moscow region, Kiev provokes the Russian side to retaliate with mirror actions, Vladimir Putin said during a visit to the "Zotov Center" on May 30.

In general, according to him, the air defense system of the capital worked normally, but there is something to work on. Now Ukraine has chosen the way of intimidating Russians, the president noted, calling it a clear sign of terrorist activity. In addition to drone attacks, during his visit to the center, Vladimir Putin discussed the development of creative industries and support for domestic entrepreneurs.

"There is something to work on"

During the President's visit to the Zotov Center creative space, issues related to the economy receded into the background. ASI Director General Svetlana Chupsheva asked the President to comment on the morning drone raid. On May 30, a drone attack was carried out on Moscow and the Moscow region. Some of them damaged civilian buildings.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that of the eight Ukrainian drones, three were suppressed by electronic warfare in Moscow, and five more were shot down by the Pantsir complex in the Moscow region. The mayor of the capital, Sergei Sobyanin, said that two people sought medical help, but no one needed hospitalization. The Russian IC qualified the attack as a terrorist act.

Moscow's air defense system worked satisfactorily, but "there is something to work on," the president replied to Svetlana Chupsheva. Now Kiev is provoking the Russian side to retaliatory actions of a mirror nature, the president noted.

Photo: IZVESTIA/Eduard Kornienko

Image source: iz.ru

— But in general, it is clear what needs to be done to seal the air defense of the capital, and we will do it. But I am not even so much concerned about this as about attempts to provoke a response from Russia. Apparently, this is calculated — they provoke us to mirror actions. Let's see what to do about it," Vladimir Putin said.

At the same time, he stressed that now there are other threats to Russia. In particular, Ukraine's attempts to disrupt the work at the Zaporozhye NPP or use "some dirty devices related to the nuclear industry."

At the same time, Vladimir Putin recalled the reasons for his. The armed forces of the Russian Federation were forced to respond to the war unleashed by Ukraine in the Donbass, but unlike Kiev, they strike only at military infrastructure, he said. According to him, the Ukrainian side has chosen the path of intimidation of Russian citizens, and this is a clear sign of terrorist activity.

Breach of contracts

After the discussion about the morning attack, the main part of the program began, namely, a visit to an exhibition dedicated to the development of the creative economy. According to the ASI, approximately 760 thousand legal entities work in this sector of the economy, the total revenue of which is more than 12.6 trillion rubles. The number of employed exceeds 1.5 million. The leaders in the development of creative industries are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad and Tyumen.

During the tour, the head of the ASI reported that the contribution of creative industries to Russia's GDP now amounts to 4.87%. Vladimir Putin called this a good indicator, because in the whole world this sphere brings an average of 3%.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Director General of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI) Svetlana Chupsheva

Image source: Photo: RIA Novosti/Vladimir Astapkovich

As the Director General of ASI told Izvestia, the events of 2022 have exacerbated the systemic problems of creative industries.

— This includes, for example, a shortage of personnel. A number of creative industries faced a shortage of material support — lighting and music equipment, equipment for film production, specialized software. Plus, of course, production chains, contracts were disrupted, ties with partners were severed, — Svetlana Chupsheva said.

At a meeting of the ASI Supervisory Board in February 2023, Vladimir Putin called for building a system for selecting and promoting promising domestic brands. According to him, it is necessary to help Russian companies to increase production and sales volumes, as well as to reach the federal level.

During the inspection of the exhibition, Svetlana Chupsheva told the president that the results of the competition of promising brands will be presented at the end of June at the forum "Strong Ideas for a New Time" in Moscow. About 5 thousand applications have already been submitted.

Unexpected photo shoot

An unplanned photo shoot took place during the exhibition tour. Director of LLC "Management Company "Kvadrat" Rim Bikmaev asked the president to take a picture. The man admitted that otherwise no one in Ufa would believe him that he had met with the head of state.

The requests did not end there. In particular, the Ufa businessman suggested to Vladimir Putin to determine the legal status of the creative cluster as an independent unit so that local authorities could make tax benefits. In addition, according to the businessman, it is necessary to develop measures to support real estate owners who develop creative associations.

President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and Director of LLC "Management Company "Kvadrat" Rim Bikmaev (left)

Image source: Photo: RIA Novosti/Vladimir Astapkovich

The President confirmed that the time has already come to think about the status of creative clusters at the legislative level. He positively assessed these creative associations.

The improvement of cities was also discussed. In particular, Ruben Arakelyan, CEO of the WALL Bureau, asked Vladimir Putin to introduce an obligation to indicate the name of the architect on all media. According to him, this will increase the personal responsibility of specialists. The President called this idea fair. The Head of State noted that, in principle, the most successful works of architectural art are somehow connected with the name of the creator.

The tour was not without a discussion of sanctions. During a conversation with the head of the Fashion Hub Russia resource center, Georgy Rostovikov, the president noted that domestic designers and clothing manufacturers were very lucky. After the departure of foreign competitors, a market of 2 trillion rubles was released, as well as 2 million square meters. m of retail space. The businessman noted with a smile that the holy place is never empty, and expressed confidence that Russian companies will occupy the vacant niche.

Lyubov Lezhneva

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