Putin asks new regional development minister to focus on people's resettlement from rundown housing

Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked newly-appointed Regional Development Minister Igor Slyunyayev to attach particular significance to the problem of rundown housing and people's resettlement.

"The ministry is facing a lot of tasks, but I am urging you never to forget about one of them and attach particular significance to it: I mean the resettlement of [people living in] rundown housing," Putin said at a meeting with Slyunyayev on Wednesday.

"The Kremlin press service reported earlier in the day that Putin had dismissed Oleg Govorun as regional development minister and appointed Slyunyayev in his stead.

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