The ministers' suggestions on the improvement of the country's cultural policy must be submitted by the end of May, with proposals for the establishment of a Russian Fund for Cultural Development due earlier, by March 1.
Putin also asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to study the matter of cultural cooperation with members of the Eurasian Economic Union, including the possible establishment of an EEU advisory body, Russian news agency RIA Novosti explained.
Following the strategy's approval, the Cabinet of Ministers will be charged with making the appropriate changes to federal, regional and municipal government programs which fund cultural initiatives.
The government's strategy includes a new federal statistical and analytical service aimed at monitoring the implementation of cultural policy.
The president asked the government to take steps to preserve support for professional education in the arts, in light of recent reforms to the country's education system.
Last December, Putin signed a presidential decree "On the Foundations of State Cultural Policy," which was aimed at establishing a unified government policy to support the development of culture in Russia. Part of the program's objective, which has been criticized by some foreign observers, is the idea of supporting Russia's conception of sovereignty and its unique civilizational identity, as well as the preservation of its national historical memory.