MOSCOW REGION, RUSSIA – SEPTEMBER 30, 2020: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin holds a video conference meeting on development and decriminalization of Russia’s timber industry at Novo-Ogaryovo residence. Alexei Druzhinin/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS Ðîññèÿ. Ìîñêîâñêàÿ îáëàñòü. Ïðåçèäåíò ÐÔ Âëàäèìèð Ïóòèí â Íîâî-Îãàðåâî ïðîâîäèò â ðåæèìå âèäåîêîíôåðåíöèè ñîâåùàíèå ïî âîïðîñàì ðàçâèòèÿ è äåêðèìèíàëèçàöèè ëåñíîãî êîìïëåêñà. Àëåêñåé Äðóæèíèí/ïðåññ-ñëóæáà ïðåçèäåíòà ÐÔ/ÒÀÑÑ

NOVO-OGARYOVO, September 30. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the government to stop uncontrolled export of untreated timber following a meeting on the development and decriminalization of the timber industry.

“I ask the government to prepare a legislative and regulatory framework for solving the following tasks: it is necessary, finally, to put a rigid barrier against uncontrolled export of unprocessed timber,” the president said.

The president also requested completely banning shipments of round timber of coniferous species out of Russia starting January 1, 2022.

“I request imposing complete ban on shipment of unprocessed or roughly processed conifer and valuable hardwood out of Russia starting January 1, 2022,” he said on Wednesday and tasked the government with “preparing the legislative base to solve the task of preventing uncontrolled outflow of unprocessed timber.”

The president also ordered that a program of subsidized loans for upgrading wood processing facilities be launched starting January 1, 2021.

Vladimir Putin called for effectively and consistently building a top-down management system in the timber industry and decriminalizing it. “Undoubtedly, we need to act broadly in a number of areas. Exercising maximum decisiveness and taking into account the accumulated experience, [we’ll] build an effective top-down chain of management in the timber industry. We need to engage in consistent, I would even say, a hard-hitting decriminalization of the industry,” the president said.

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