President of Russia Vladimir Putin and Strategy of the State Cultural Policy until 2030 set a task to be in the top 5 World Heritage Sites.
The Soviets had "5 Year Plans" - Putin thinks even bigger! He might even still be in power in 2030. Aged 64 now he will only be 77 - Brezhnev, the archetypal Soviet "Gerontocrat" was only 76 when he died. If Trump were to become a 2 term President he will be 78 when he "retires"!
Other countries are also going to be adding during the years to 2030 - so Russia is going to have to overtake at least Germany, India, Mexico and UK - and countries like Iran will be yapping at his heels with their own additions (Currently only 2 behind)! If we assume that just Germany added only 6 sites across those 14 years then Russia is going to need to reach 48 from the current 26 = 22 in 14 years. It "could" just about be done with many years at 2pa, riding on "trans-national" nominations etc, but Russia has first to get up to speed - and then there are those new "Operational Guidelines"!! But I can't see Putin as being the sort of President who worries much about little things like "Operational Guidelines".
Of course the whole concept of a country's leader "seeing" the "World Heritage" scheme as a means of projecting a country's image and power is somewhat distasteful. However, whilst it might be unusual to see a country putting out its objective in this respect quite so clearly, Russia is certainly not alone in treating the scheme in this way. That applies both where the aim is to get to the top of the "List" for major powers such as China or merely to "punch above ones weight" for smaller ones (I think of S Korea).
In fact, the article has relatively little concrete indication of where all those extra sites would come from. I can only see these mentioned -
a. The Silk Road
b. The "Cosmos"
c. The "peaceful development of an atom"
d. "Sports heritage where the Russian Federation's priority is undoubted"
e. "The Russian list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites is very short concerning types of heritage – historical centres, monasteries, kremlins, churches and natural landmarks"
So we can expect a lot of "kremlins" and "monasteries"!!
On another matter covered in the article - can anyone make "sense" of the issue raised here in respect of the eventually successful "Bolgar" Nomination -
"we managed to set and solve the problem of discussion of the issue on the introduction of cultural heritage sites of a country while making a decision on recommendation to introduce official representatives and experts of these countries by ICOMOS. The thing is that a country representing a landmark did not participate in meetings and could not express its opinion about facts and get rid of subjectivism of experts on introduction in the World Heritage List at times before 2015 (in general, I think it is a nonsense because ICOMOS is a non-governmental open organisation). It was a big victory for not only Tatarstan, the Russian Federation and CIS countries but also all countries (they are over 190) that ratified Convention Concerning the Protection of the World's Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972). It all was solved during the preparation of the nomination and promotion of Bolgar to the UNESCO World Heritage List."
I don't know how many of you travelled in the USSR but all the hotels and airports had racks of beautifully produced propaganda brochures for FREE (I still have many of them in my "souvenir" files in the loft!). This text reads EXACTLY as they did - the "problem" set by the dastardly "Capitalists" being "solved" by the application of the "correct principles" as only operated by the USSR!! The principles in those days were set by Marxism-Leninism - now they seem to be set by "Putinism"!!