Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in the northwestern city of Vologda Thursday to attend discussions on the local textile industry.
Vologda is home to Vologda Textiles, Russia's largest supplier of linen fabrics, both domestically and internationally.
Since its entry into the World Trade Organization in January, Russia has made its light industry a priority for development in an effort to diversify its economy, which depends heavily on the oil and gas sectors.
Russian Minister of Industry Denis Manturov has announced new measures aimed at helping firms like Vologda Textiles compete in global markets.
During his visit to Vologda Textiles, Putin congratulated workers on their recent successes at home and abroad and pledged his government's renewed support.