Any Russian citizen can now receive one hectare of land in the Far East for free, RIA Novosti reported, citing a law that entered its third phase of implementation on Feb. 1.
The land will be initially leased for five years to its recipients. If the land is used during this time, it will then be possible to get a long-term lease for it or a title to the property. The land’s permitted uses are for individual housing construction, agriculture, tourism and a number of other activities.
Requests for the free hectares can be sent through the special website «НаДальнийВосток.рф» (which offers a step by step guide), or through multifunctional centres, or MFCs, and municipal authorities.
Those who decide to take part in the project will be able to buy items necessary for using the land, such as log house frames, greenhouses and small agricultural machinery, by receiving loans at a preferential rate of 8% for a period of five years. According to the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East, a corresponding programme to support land use is being developed by the Far East Development Fund in collaboration with Post Bank.
The ministry also reported that there are currently 35 measures to help recipients of land in the Far East, including farming grants, timber quotas for housing construction, micro-loans, agricultural machinery leasing and others.
The project website reported that over the past eight months, when the law was only applicable to people already living in the Russian Far East, some 36,000 requests were submitted. Almost 4,300 land plots have already been given away and more than 3,700 are still in the process of lease registration.
The “Far Eastern Hectare” law took force on June 1, 2016. Starting from Oct. 1, 2016, the plots of land became available to all Russian citizens living in the region and these plots are now available to all Russian citizens as of today.