Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko called for popularizing life in villages among young people. She suggested using social networks more actively for advertising, as well as supporting the “rural bloggers movement”. She voiced her proposals at a meeting with social workers in the villages, where, according to TASS, "representatives of the blogosphere" and students were also present.
“It is you who can talk about the advantages of living in the countryside in a simple language understandable for the younger generation, break old stereotypes and prejudices. It is also an important and in-demand job. <...> It is necessary that life is in full swing in every village or town, and its quality is not inferior to urban standards. <...> And if people see that in rural areas there are opportunities for self-realization, that modern social institutions operate there, roads and utility infrastructure are being repaired, then I am sure that many citizens will return to their roots, Russian villages will get a second wind. This is one of our main goals,” Matvienko said.
It is noteworthy that the son of the speaker himself is far from rural life. As the We Can Explain Telegram channel found out , having studied the Rosreestr leak, Sergey Matvienko owns a 380-meter apartment in an elite residential building on Kamennoostrovsky Prospekt in St. Petersburg. Its price may be 215 million rubles ($2.7 million). He also has a residence permit and a villa in Italy, where he can travel even during a full-scale war, since the EU has not imposed any sanctions on him. The wife of Matvienko Jr., the speaker's daughter-in-law Yulia, also prefers luxurious holidays to villages. For example, the Selman Marrakech hotel in Morocco. The cost of one night there is from €732 to €2746.