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Putin distanced himself from the anti-crisis plan of the government, inspiring sadness

The final version lost another 195 billion

Vladimir Putin distanced himself from the anti-crisis plan of the government. At a meeting with members of the Cabinet about the document signed the day before not a word was said that, in principle, not surprising. Compared with the February plan lost another 22%, many measures of social support disappeared from the final version. Although officials promised that the plan focuses not so much on emergency support, rather on a radical overhaul of the economy, special innovative measures leading to structural changes in it.


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photo: Alexei Merinov

And some items – for example, on improving pre-school education – were explicitly added to the list for the number and look at least absurd.

Dmitry Medvedev has signed the plan support the Russian economy was even weaker than the version presented two weeks ago for consideration of the Cabinet.

Then, according to the head of the Ministry of economic development Alexey Ulyukaev, on anti-crisis measures rapid response was planned to send 880 billion rubles, of which more than half were already envisaged in the budget.

Eternal opponent of the speaker – the Minister of Finance Anton Siluanov at a meeting of the government tactfully said nothing. However, after a couple of days bluntly said: on all the paragraphs of the plan is missing more than half of the funds – 130 billion rubles to 250 billion announced from the Ministry of Finance was planning on asking Vladimir Putin with the presidential reserve Fund, where, in particular, were sent to 342 billion rubles frozen pension savings.

But the President apparently reacted to the idea without enthusiasm. Bloomberg citing its own sources, reported that GDP in General is extremely wary of the proposals for the spending of reserves, whether it is national welfare Fund, reserves or other funds deferred on a rainy day.

One way or another, but the final version of the anti-crisis plan “is” already 685 billion rubles, of which 465 billion recorded in the budget of 39.8 billion is planned to take from the Fund directed to production of locomotives, 158 billion from additional sources (apparently, the remnants of last fiscal year and deductions of state-owned companies). The rest funds of ministries and agencies (for example, 5 billion will be allocated to support domestic programmers due to the payments administered by the Ministry of communications).

The priorities of anti-crisis funding has not changed – most of the funds will be used to support industries that without additional infusions can provoke mass unemployment and to undermine the situation before the parliamentary elections.

So, the industry will receive a total of 137.5 billion rubles (88,5 at the expense of the budget and 49 from additional sources): the plan says that the funds will help save jobs and produce 600 thousand vehicles a plus to those amounts that were previously planned.

1.4 billion will pour in light industry (for stabilization of the situation in key enterprises), with 10 billion will provide for the production of cars (aim to increase exports while the domestic products due to the weak rouble there is a demand) and on the production of agricultural machinery.

16.5 billion through the mechanism of preferential mortgage will be used to support banks and building: officials expect that the Russians, taking advantage of the continuation of a popular program, take credits at 1 trillion rubles.

As promised Dmitry Medvedev, 25 billion rubles are laid for the construction of secondary schools.

One point anti-crisis plan clearly refers to the state defence order: 7.4 billion rubles will be transferred to the Khrunichev centre.

From the final version disappeared spending on recapitalization of Vnesheconombank, the provision of medicines of patients with HIV and complex diseases (including haemophilia), there is no contribution to the state leasing company and guarantees for project financing.

Still “overboard” are payments from the prisoner to needy families and re-indexation of pensions. It is possible that the decisions on the items “reserved” under the active phase of the election campaign “United Russia”. (In extreme situations in the course of going reserve funds).

At issue is support for producers of cheaper drugs cost up to 50 rubles on Wednesday, the Ministry of industry and trade proposed to the government to abandon price regulation in this segment, since subsidies in any case will not solve the problem.

The most important in the government called the second part of the anti-crisis plan, according to officials, contained “measures for structural adjustment model of economic development”. However, examination of this table does not inspire special optimism.

At the meetings with representatives of state structures business raises essentially two issues to reduce the load and to provide the conditions for long and cheap money. Without these two components, which rightly celebrate entrepreneurs, put the economy on non-primary rails will be extremely difficult. And what?

Measures on tax stimulation of investment activity in the plan is not as such. And, for example, asking entrepreneurs to make the unified register of tax payments and at least for the period of the crisis are not increase – charged to the fourth quarter of 2016.

A year officials will think about the creation of incentives for modernization of industrial enterprises, as well as on the formation of legal bases of activity of technoparks. Part of administrative and regulatory nature apparently developed by themselves and were made to the plan for greater solidity. Is and absolutely absurd points – for example, on improving pre-school education (kindergartens translation on Federal standard). Of course, three tot ever have to think about structural transformation of the Russian economy, but so far they have clearly other interests.

At a meeting with members of the Cabinet Vladimir Putin an anti-crisis plan does not contain a single word that, apparently, means the President has decided to distance himself from the events.

Sociological surveys show that while the population perceives the President separately from the problems in the economy, and the Kremlin, it is important to maintain this status quo.

On Wednesday, the meeting discussed assistance to the families of the dead miners, the construction of new airports, plans on development of domestic tourism and the preparations for the world Cup, but also congratulated the 60th anniversary of Vice Prime Minister Yuri Trutnev.

By tradition, the President gave him a book – self-publishing of Vladimir Vysotsky, whose poems, according to GDP, in the best way characterize the behavior Trutnev at the forum in Davos: “I Bared biceps inadvertently, even made loyalty to the jacket, and instantly the hall became quiet, he noticed, as I stood up”.

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