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The Five-Year Period of Russia’s Spatial Development and Regional Policy: Running in Place Or Getting Ready for a Breakthrough?

The article considers trends in the spatial development and regional policy of the Russian Federation in the last five years against the background of global trends, external challenges, and threats. It reveals the features of the “eastern vector" of Russia’s spatial development as a new element of its spatial policy and an important area of cross-border interactions. We show that the state support for Far Eastern investment projects and territories of priority develop­ment has dominated its implementation so far, whereas Siberia and its regions are practically excluded from this strategic initiative. Here we also examine the trends in national, inter-regional, and regional strategizing (as exemplified by the Strategy for the Spatial Development of Russia, the Strategy for So­cio-Economic Development of the Angara-Yenisei Macroregion, as well as various growth and governance strategies and models for Novosibirsk and Kemerovo oblasts). By analyzing the statements of senior government officials, this paper gives an overview of recent strategic initiatives in public admi­nistration of spatial development processes. The conclusion justifies that, not­withstanding the extremely difficult growth conditions Russia underwent over the past five years, new strategic initiatives and trends gradually began to emerge, which have given grounds for cautious optimism about modernizing the country’s regional policy and spatial development.

Seliverstov V. Ye.

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