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Friday, March 23, 2018

Ulyukayev criticized the introduction of a resort fee to the Russians: “There is mistrust”

In 2017 the Russians who decided to use the services of the all-Russian health resorts, apparently, will have to pay tax on the rest. The majority of the members of the Presidium of the state Council supported the proposal of some governors on the introduction of a resort fee. Officials assured Vladimir Putin that the payment amount does not exceed RUB 100 per person and funds raised will go towards the development of resort infrastructure.

The first collection plan to introduce the most popular tourist regions – Krasnodar Krai, the Crimea, the Altai and the Caucasian mineral waters.

photo: kremlin.ru

The Presidium of the state Council on development of sanatorium-resort complex not by chance decided to conduct in the distant Belokurikha. Experts claim that the Altai air six times better than in Davos, Switzerland. And radon and antler (deer horn extracts) baths do wonders, what could convince representatives of the Russian national biathlon, snowboarding, water Polo and gymnastics. “Not Meldonium, of course, but very stimulating,” – smiling, said one of the officials.

Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev has also decided not to miss an opportunity to clean the body from toxins Moscow. Although the aircraft with the members of the Presidium and invited landed in Gorno-Altaysk at 3am local time (and then another 2 hours had to get to Belokurikha on Shuttle bus) the speaker is already at 8 am were on their feet. Before the meeting he had not only to do the traditional morning run, but briskly walk for health trail “Chipmunks”. However, funny rodents, boldly begging for sweets from tourists, not interested about the falling GDP and another increase of the prices Minister…

Vladimir Putin to arrange a run (and especially to take an antler bath) did not. Because of the night of the meeting with Ramzan Kadyrov, he flew from Moscow with a delay and arrived in Gorno-Altaysk, consider that for dinner. However, the President was a bonus: unlike the Ministers and governors, to Belokurikha, he traveled by helicopter from where you have breathtaking views of the Altai mountains, gorges and hidden resorts.

“I wasn’t with you since 2003. Then the material-technical base was killed in the state – at the level of 30-50-ies of the last century. Now everything has changed for the better” – praised Putin.

– I’m not a great connoisseur of foreign resorts. But they say that Baden-Baden looks a little tougher than our resort in Belokurikha, – did not fail to boast of the Governor of the Altai territory Alexander Karlin. And his neighbor from the Republic of Altai Alexander Berdnikov added that the increasing popularity – including foreigners – to acquire antler baths:

– That Czech President Milos Zeman took them and appreciated the healing effect (Recall that Zeman suffers from joint disease, and moves with a stick – “MK”). The Germans had feared, and now very good…

– Come on. The Germans fear nothing fearless people with knowledge of the matter said Putin.

However, not all Russian resorts are ready to boast of this fine picture, as one of Belokurikha, where resorts, thanks to the presence of gas and proximity to ski resorts during the year is at 85%.

Many motels, especially those that are federally owned – you can take a rest only during the summer season. However, their condition often deterred even the most daring tourists. “18% of government agencies have depreciation of more than 80%. To put them in order in each object you need to invest 85 to 200 million rubles”, – reported the head of Ministry of health Veronika Skvortsova.

But only for the restoration and modernization of material-technical base required of RUB 37 billion of Such money the state has, naturally, no. Moreover, the amount of funds budgeted for the financing of the sanatorium-resort complex, scheduled to be hard to sequestration. Instead of 11 billion rubles in 2017 will be 4.5 billion.

“If we are not prepared to support the Federal health resorts, it is necessary to include them in the privatization program and to give investors”, – said Ulyukayev. Putin against attracting alternative sources of funding had nothing. “But the opportunity for treatment and rest of the social categories of citizens should remain”, he warned.

A separate discussion was around the resort fee. For its introduction, following the example of several foreign countries advocating most of the regions with the sanatorium-resort complexes.

– This season through our 12 million tourists have passed, and taxes. You need to increase the fiscal burden, – said the head of Krasnodar Krai Veniamin Kondratiev.

And we, we will enter! – voices from the field.

The Minister for North Caucasus Affairs Lev Kuznetsov explained that the fee will not exceed 50-100 RUB per person. Thus the collected funds will be transferred to a special Fund with a closed list of articles to which they can be spent. Beneficiaries, according to Kuznetsova, from the resort tax will free.

Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said that his Department supports the fiscal initiative of the regions (who would doubt). As Alexey Uljukaev has traditionally objected to a colleague: “People are willing to pay money just because there is a lot of mistrust… but if the person some service to sell, it is a thousand roubles will leave. And just like 100 rubles – even think about it!”.

Vladimir Putin did not Express unequivocal relationship to the resort fee, but urged officials to act with extreme caution. “People need to clearly understand what exactly the raised funds are spent, by whom and what is the procedure of control over these costs,” he said. It is anticipated that the fee will be introduced after the elections, in the summer of 2017 in four pilot regions – the Krasnodar region, the Crimea, the Altai and the Caucasian mineral waters.


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