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    PUTIN VISITS A HOUSE IN SHEMURSHA VILLAGE

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    SHEMURSHA (Chuvashia), February 5th, 2004 (RIA Novosti correspondent) - Vladimir Putin making a Chuvashian tour has visited a house in the Shemursha village. The house was built within the village social development programme.

    This two-storey brick house belongs to the Mateveyev family, which has two daughters. The head of the family, Igor, is the main zoo-technician of an agricultural firm. His wife Tatiana works as the leading PR specialist. They bought this house on mortgage.

    The mortgage system and other forms of privileged crediting, especially for young people, have recently been developing in Chuvashia.

    The president examined the Matveyevs' house. He walked around the ground flour rooms and went upstairs.

    He noticed that it was warm in the house and the radiators were hot, and asked about the heating system.

    The owners told him that the total area of the house exceeded 130 sq.m. In reply, Putin said smiling, "At 26, I was still living in a communal flat." The conversation with the young hosts continued over a cup of tea.

    The president noticed a picture with Igor riding a horse and was interested to learn more about his hobby.

    Putin also asked about the price of the house. The hosts told him that the house cost 928,000 roubles (over $32,000) but the family has paid only 197,504 roubles so far, with no interest. They added that in accordance with the privileges established in the republic for young families, 150,000 roubles are written off in case another baby is born. "This is a very good incentive, we could go on and on," Igor said jokingly. "Then you will have to attach another children's room," the president replied in the same tone.

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