Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with the Leaders Club, a group of successful Russian entrepreneurs, to discuss the country's economy and the problems of small- and medium-sized businesses, the Kremlin said.
The Leaders Club, established in February 2012, assesses the conditions of business activity in the regions and the quality of state services. The club's network covers more than 40 Russian regions.
The chairman of the organization is Artem Avetisyan, who is head of the New Business direction of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives.
In December 2013, Putin asked the club to work with Russian business associations to assess government efforts to reduce administrative costs and procedures, and present a report every six months.
The organization meets regularly with top officials, including Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, presidential aide Andrei Belousov, and Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov.