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Come and get it! Free land soon up for grabs to every resident in Far East

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29 January 2015


One of the most sparsely population regions in the world, the Russian Far East still has about six million residents, although they are scattered across an enormous land mass. Picture: Okhota i Rybalka

Ambitious plans to give each resident of the Russian Far East one hectare of land for free have been given the backing of President Vladimir Putin.

The idea was floated by Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Trutnev in a bid to help stimulate the economy of the sparsely populated region and entice more people to move across the country.

A total of 614 million hectares of land are currently owned by the state and would effectively be up for grabs in the Far East under the scheme. It could be used for agricultural purposes, for hunting, or as a base for a timber plant or any other business.

Mr Trutnev, who is also the Russian president’s envoy in the Far Eastern Federal District, believes the region has a positive future with the population growing, and less people leaving to move west to other parts of the country.

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Map of the Russian Far East with the key cities. Picture: The Siberian Times

Now he hopes the plan could entice more entrepreneurship by citizens and act as an incentive to help non-residents migrate to the area.

The Deputy Prime Minister said: 'We want to propose creating a mechanism of allocating one hectare of land for free to each resident of the Far East and every person wishing to come to the Far East.

'This land could be used for agribusiness, business, forestry and hunting.'

The idea has many similarities to the way many rural and unoccupied parts of the United States was populated and urbanised in the 19th century.

In 1889, for instance, an estimated 50,000 people lined up to claim their own small share of two million acres available for settlers free of charge in Oklahoma.

It also mirrors the Stolypin agrarian reforms of the early 20th century that saw vast swathes of vacant land in Siberia given to peasants from the overpopulated regions of Russia.

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'This land could be used for agribusiness, business, forestry and hunting.' Pictures: geogeo,

Under Mr Trutnev's proposals, each resident in the Russian Far East, or each individual willing to move to the area, would be given one hectare – approximately 2.5 acres - of land free of charge.

Giving his broad backing to the scheme, Mr Putin said: 'This is a good idea, and it was already implemented in the Russian history, in Siberia.'

He added that since the modern conditions of agriculture and the modern economy were slightly different today than it was in 1906 it was first 'necessary to study this issue carefully and examine all details'.

One of the most sparsely population regions in the world, the Russian Far East still has about six million residents, although they are scattered across an enormous land mass.

Almost three-quarters of the people live in urban areas including cities such as Vladivostok and Yakutsk.

However, the Far East's population has grown by 1,100 people over the past 12 months, while the number of people leaving has decreased from 27,000 to 20,000.

Mr Trutnev said this was positive news and insisted it was 'just the beginning of the trend'. He added: 'This is why we want to propose that you should consider this measure, which could intensify the trend of the population’s inflow into the Far East.'

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 'Out of every hundred people that moved to Siberia, 30 people were coming back out.' Picture: Dmitry Dkphoto

However, the plans were criticised by independent political analyst Dmitry Oreshkin, who said the Far East is suffering from a 'chronic demographic catastrophe'.

Speaking on TV Rain in Moscow on Monday night, he said: 'I think this will end up nowhere as there will be no fools going there for the sake of a hectare of land. The only thing is that it might possibly hold people that were going to leave the Far East. 

'If you were to compare it to Stolypin, the difference is that Stolypin was giving a big plot of land as the person wanted to take 30 or 50 hectares, along with a favourable tax regime for foreseeable future. 

'It worked even though it also had problems, because out of every hundred people that moved to Siberia, 30 people were coming back out. Now I can be confident that people won’t be going there; so we have the main question on how to stop people leaving.' 

He added: 'There is nothing much you can do to a hectare of land anyway. Yes you can feed your family, but there is no way you can start a serious business on a plot of land this small.'

During their meeting Mr Trutnev and Mr Putin also discussed the establishment of priority development areas in the Far East, and the creation of the free port in Vladivostok.

Comments (42)

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I completed my Master of Philosophy Degree in the Field of Sociology fromBacha Khan Univerity Charsadda, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan.

The reason I have choose The Great Russia as a Home Town, I believe will help me to understand the goals of sociology.
how to apply , i need help from the authority
07/02/2017 14:26
I would like to relate to beautiful Siberia and do forestry
Katalin Jonas, United Kingdom/London/Croydon
07/09/2016 16:41
How can I apply for Russian citizenship to get 2.5 acres land free at Far East area?
Md Hassan Rabby, Bangladesh
16/08/2016 13:05
I've been studying Log Building, Post and Beam Construction and Solar Technology. I design and build off grid cabins. I live with a Russian and she is always telling me to find a Russian Lady and use my skills in Siberia. It looks very similar to where I am now. I'd love to be a pioneer in the Russian Far East. I would build a wilderness lodge and cabins and take people on fishing tours. I'd like to know where to apply. Even if things don't turn out it would be a great adventure and life experience. Better die free than be a slave in the UK
James, British but somewhere in the Canadian Wilderness
10/08/2016 11:04
So once again another site giving me the same information that the last one did. I would like to know; How to apply, Where to apply, and how soon can I get the hell outta this forsaken country. as in I DO NOT WISH TO BE A BRITTISH CITIZEN. literally been looking into defecting britian for the last 4 years. I like Putin, he does what he says, in his country, sincerely screw the US they do the oppisite of what they say in places they shouldnt be. but still on a serious note.. How do I apply? How soon can I defect? and Where do I apply.
Peter M. Wilson, Edinburgh, Scotland
01/07/2016 07:14
13/06/2016 17:13
He added: 'There is nothing much you can do to a hectare of land anyway. Yes you can feed your family, but there is no way you can start a serious business on a plot of land this small.'......WTF...isn't that all you need to do?
Andy Duncan, Plymouth UK
09/06/2016 03:07
Great britain is. A dumping ground for all kinds its no longer great it all gone lifeless no blood left her eyes are closing she nearly gone 5 years uk gone for every so i would like to try this a venture and maybe die thier in that lovely open land give me one hectre i will make a differance
john, london
18/05/2016 22:44
I do not want to miss this gift from President. would you like to share with me the next procidures....
Jahid Iqbal, Dhaka, Bangladesh
17/05/2016 19:15
Interactive map supposed to open on June 1st for Far East residents, on Feb 1, 2017, for the rest of RF citizens. You still have time to grab a Russian spouse and drag them to the Eastern Frontier dreamland. :)
Женя, St . Petersburg, Russia
14/05/2016 01:55
I'm excited at the though of this opertunity where do I sign … how would you go about this I'm deadly serious our country is turning into somewhere I'd rather not be …
Darren Howie, Aberdeen scotland
09/05/2016 23:57
I like to get 2nd passport and start the organic forming in free land
Shahid, Saudi Arabia
09/05/2016 21:42
How do you exactly apply for the land? Me and my family are really interested in this proposal. It looks beautiful there! Greetings from the UK!
Dylan Muller, UK
08/05/2016 20:58
I agree with Clare from Hampshire, UK, I to would love to go there, hopefully with a Russian Bride that is tough and energetic and wants to develop a business, I personally would like to raise Deer or Reindeer which can handle the cold, supply meat fur and be a great resource.
The more talented people that apply, the greater the community, just like the frontier days, include bartering, lets go for it!!!
Robert, Newark, UK
28/03/2016 02:35
One hectare it is nothing, some hunters in Siberia have over 150 hectares land just for hunting and very little agriculture, winter it is 6 months, temperature under 30'C. They just make it for the next year, to buy some clothing for children and some vegetables, they need good gear, snowmobiles, this costs lots of money, weapons, and so on.

Think twice people before you move there.

It is beautiful land but maybe for a 3-6 months vacation.

Ben, Romania
10/07/2015 22:58

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