At the beginning of the meeting, Vladimir Putin asked Mr Razvozhayev to extend his greetings to Sevastopol residents on National Unity Day.
The Governor recalled another landmark date marked just recently. Eighty years ago, on October 30, 1941, the heroic Defence of Sevastopol began a defensive effort against Nazi invaders that lasted 250 days. Mr Razvozhayev mentioned that recently another remarkable date was celebrated – the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Siege of Leningrad. By the decision of the President, 50,000 rubles’ worth of additional financial support was provided to residents of the besieged Leningrad and to those who had been awarded the medal For the Defence of Leningrad. The Governor requested that a similar measure be approved to provide assistance to residents of the besieged Sevastopol and to those who had been awarded the medal For the Defence of Sevastopol. The President supported the request.
Another topic discussed during the meeting was a cultural cluster that is to be established on Cape Khrustalny, in accord with the instructions of the President. Mr Razvozhayev reported that a Museum of the Heroic Defence of Sevastopol in 1941–1942, with a Hall of Glory, will be constructed at the location, also in accordance with the President’s instructions. A competition for the architectural concept has already been announced; funding for the building works has already been included in the targeted federal programme. The Governor added that he agreed with the President’s remark that no residential buildings should be constructed in Cape Khrustalny’s park area, as had been previously planned. He confirmed that every effort would be made to use the territory for the creation of a public space.