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Putin signs law on distributing free land to citizens in Russia's Far East

President Vladimir Putin has signed a law on distributing land to citizens in Russia's Far East.

The law states that any citizen may receive a hectare of land in specially designated areas of Russia's Far East. The land may be used for construction, farming or business. After 5 years of use, the land may be rented or bought to own.

In cases where the land remains unused after 5 years, it is returned to the state. The buying or selling of land that citizens receive for free is prohibited.

The Far East Development Ministry has set out nine areas where the pilot program for the distribution scheme is to take place. There is around 1 million hectares (about 2,470,000 acres) up for grabs in the Far East region of Khabarovsk.

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