Russian people have to submit a business plan when applying for their 1 hectare (2.5 acres) of land in the Far East "Far Hectare" program. Why is this? Doesn't this idea rub directly against what Anastasia says? When you read the Ringing Cedars of Russia books, the best sense is to live on the land exactly as Anastasia says. Her plan is perfect. That really is the bottom line. So what about if you are in the 80-90% of Russian people who have not read the Ringing Cedars books yet?
Ordinary people who are non-readers of the books don't generally know how to live on the land (eg: the unconscious purchase and improper disposal of plastic packaging). These by far are the largest percentage of people who are applying for Free Land under the Russian "Far Hectare" legislation - ordinary people. They are not readers of the Ringing Cedars books. They are opportunists... These mainly urbanized dwellers don't know how to live together in a cooperating village where barter and trade is the backbone of that local economy, and they don't know how to work for no money - such are the blinders that the Priesthood have over people's eyes. There needs to be ways to make the transition.
I personally think Putin's stipulations to create a business, as built into the "Far Hectare" act, is a most excellent transition mechanism. That's all I see it as: a transition mechanism. Within three generations in the Russian Far East (or any nation's) program, such stipulation will no longer be needed. The children raised on the land will realize: If I don't get up today on this chilly Spring morning and plant these seeds, there will be no food in the storehouse for winter... or no money in the bank derived from my business as a tradesman/woman, craftsman/woman, in eco-tourism, in social service or as a health service provider, in agriculture/forestry, in raising animals/fish, or as a musician, artist or professional person. It will take a few generations for the urban-born to really grasp Anastasia's recommendations to the fullest. That's why I like this plan... Transition.
Alcoholism and drug use in Russia's very poor and very socially depressed Far East region is totally out of control. What do you think would happen if addicts were allowed to up-take 1 hectare in Russia's Far East if there were no impetus to do anything but keep shooting up? (ie: intravenous drug use). The Far East free land project would fail! Business plan needed. Therefore, i'm glad that Putin and Trutnev have been firm on this. The project will succeed because of this. This is how I see it:
Alcoholism was a problem for all Nordic countries I think - until well after WW2. Sweden's solution to freely available alcohol? You can only buy take-home alcohol now from the State - from State-owned alcohol retail outlets. That's right! Unlike the USA and most other developed countries, liquor outlets are not privately owned. All alcohol sales in Sweden are State regulated - and it's not cheap, as compared to other EU countries. Pubs and restaurants in Sweden will be under strict licensing as they are here in New Zealand. ie: No alcohol gets sold in supermarkets or corner stores in Sweden, and the privately owned "liquor store" (drug store) of the USA is non-existent in Sweden.
Small businesses rule! And once people have figured out how to run a small business, then the whole region will flourish, and so will all of the people of the region... even the forgotten and destitute people.
All people will flourish.
I hope this explains things a little better for people who have concerns about this.