Shoigu proposed to build three to five large cities in Siberia and move the capital of Russia there.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu proposed to build in Siberia three to five cities with a population of up to one million people and move the capital of Russia there. He stated this at a meeting with the scientific community of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Novosibirsk.
We need to build three, and preferably five, large centers of scientific and industrial, economic centers in Siberia, in other words, cities with a population of 300-500 thousand, better – up to a million people. And not just to build a city and move the capital here, but to make them completely specifically aimed at a particular field of activity.
As an example, Shoigu cited plans that existed before the collapse of the USSR. “Unfortunately, for obvious reasons, the project was stopped,” the minister said.
According to Kommersant, at the meeting Shoigu also expressed regret that such large projects as Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Krasnoyarsk and Sayano-Shushenskaya HPPs, and the Baikal-Amur Mainline cannot be created in Russia. “Remember how sincerely people went to all these construction sites,” the minister said.
Sergei Shoigu, a native of Tuva, in 2012 already proposed to move the capital of Russia to Siberia. “In general, in an amicable way, many people talk about it, and I’m probably one of them. I believe that we need to move the capital somewhere further, to Siberia. It seems so to me, ”he said. Shoigu explained that this would stop the outflow of people from the eastern regions of Russia. Then he did not say which city could become the new capital.
Russia has repeatedly expressed proposals to move the capital to Siberia and move a number of government agencies from Moscow to other cities. The first such move was carried out by the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, which has been located in St. Petersburg since 2008. It was also planned that the Supreme Court would move to St. Petersburg, but this process was postponed .
In 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he considered it right to transfer part of the federal authorities to Siberia. “Let’s say Krasnoyarsk is a suitable place, in my opinion, for this,” Putin noted.
On a direct line in 2021, Putin said that moving the Russian government to Omsk would not solve the region’s problems, but admitted that certain federal structures or offices of large companies should be transferred from Moscow to Siberia.