In February, 2004, during the visit of the official and business delegations of St Petersburg to the air base "Kant" Governor Valentina Matvienko signed an agreement with command of the Ural Army of the Air Forces and Air Defence of the Russian Federation about patronage of St Petersburg of the Russian air base and recruits from St Petersburg.
Representatives of business and industry also joined the sponsorship activities: General Manager of the SPA Plastic processing plant named after «Komsomolskaya Pravda» Serguey Ivanovich Tsybukov, General Manager of the LLC Plastic processing plant named after «Komsomolskaya Pravda» Svetlana Petrovna Kozlova, President of the committee of directors of the OJSC “Spinning and thread industrial complex the Red thread” Bidzhiev Sagitt Bilyalovich and others.
The basic objects of the air base have been equipped for sponsorship. Hostels, places of performance of duties, medical aid station, club, gymnasium, children's centre and computer class of the air base for the period of 2004\2009 are supplied with the new equipment, home appliances, furniture and inventory.
At the present relations of sponsorship and cooperation between St Petersburg and the Russian air base "Kant" in the Kirghiz Republic are developing. For military men and members of their families with the help of the enterprises of St Petersburg cultural actions are regularly organized: concerts, trips, excursions, holidays and evening festivals. Children of military men of "Kant" have visited St Petersburg several times by the invitation of the Governor.
On the basis of the sponsorship experience, the enterprises of the Polymer Cluster have organized joint business with “Automashradiator” of Bishkek.