In the beginning of discussion, young people, who have been involved in different kinds of creativity at the “Ethnosquat“, - Ilya Nikitin, Mikhail Suranov, Kirill Lobanov, and others – reported on the squating philosophy and opportunities for self-realization at this site. Their older colleagues – Ekaterina Sokolchik and Evgeniya Podyanova – shared perspectives for development of the space next year, including the transfer of the object to the self-sufficient basis: In particular, such forms of activities as arrangement of concert tours, carrying-out of birthdays with attraction of “Ethnosquat“’s creative forces, sales of products of such creative arts – knitted pieces, compact discs, and so on as well as financing of activities by grant money from a new nonprofit organization, being created in Kudymkar, were mentioned.
After a brief presentation of the site, the meeting acquired a format of an open discussion. In its course, the “Ethnosquat“ was supported by Anna Bezukladnikova, Lecturer of the Branch of the Udmurt State University at Kudymkar, Zoya Razheva, Deputy of the Town Duma, Petr Korolev, Director of the Centre for Education …
Igor Bykariz, Head of the Permian Komi District – Minister of the Perm Region, supported guys and girls but also reminded of an alternative site on the territory of Kudymkar, where the youth could gather, - the Permian Komi Ethnocultural Centre. In her turn, Svetlana Aristova, Director of the Ethnocultural Centre, spoke out for the further use of the “Ethnosquat“ by young people but expressed her willingness to give a part of her building to them, if needed, whereas Tatyana Klimova, Head of the Department of Ethnocultural Development of the Ministry of the Affairs of the Permian Komi District, wished the youth would work more with the ethnic topic, which has been financed by the budget of the Ministry, and spend a part of subsidies for upkeep of the “Ethnosquat“.
At the end, the word was passed to nominal owners of the building – representatives of the Administration of the Town of Kudymkar. Yury Asatryan, Head of the Administration, pointed out: ’We always support youth initiatives and would like guys staying in our town, because they are our future. As regards these premises, the building was suggested for an auction for its conversion into a private kindergarten one month ago’.
The line under the discussion was drawn by Anatoly Golubkov, the Head of the Town of Kudymkar: ’As of today, the agreement has its power, according to which the building was given over to the Executive Office of the Program “Culture Reloaded“ until the end of the year. The auction is scheduled for December 16th indeed, but shouldn’t be people there, who would wish to take this object for the construction of a kindergarten on its territory, we will be glad to look at specific suggestions from the youth of the town regarding the continuation of the “Ethnosquat”’s functioning’.