How real is the threat of disintegration of Russia?

("InoSMI", Russia) press ReviewQuote of the day: 'Russia was the first wave of one of the most dramatic crises̷ However, I do not want to be a Cassandra, but there will still be hard times' Anatoly Chubais, 'Arguments and facts''The deeper the crisis is embedded in our povsednevno, the more I understand that after him there should happen something even more terrible - he started publishing in 'Moskovsky Komsomolets' 'Russia is prophesied to die' Vladimir Chuprin. - Not only American, but also some domestic experts believe that the song of Russia sung that sooner or later - to 215, 23 or 25 it will fall to 6-8 independent States with their own currencies, diplomats and government budgets'.'Peter is given the honorary role of the capital of the North-Western part of Russia, have not lost their ability to integrate into the Western community. No wonder Peter I here opened a window to Europe, " the author writes. For all other territories, according to the scenario of U.S. intelligence, less lucky: if not directly, then indirectly, very soon they will come under the influence of neighbouring States. On our far East, the ball will be ruled by China and Japan, Kamchatka, Chukotka, Siberia and the 'lie' under the United States. Читать полностью -->

The economic downturn in Russia gives hope for reform

(Reuters, UK)Michael Stott (Michael Stott), 1 June 29The Russian economy is in deep recession, unemployment is increasing and the production volumes are falling - but some politicians and economists worried that the Eurasian giant can recover too quickly.They are worried that long-delayed reforms to increase the competitiveness of businesses and the effectiveness of the state, will not happen if Russia will quickly come back to , once again burying their problems underneath the powerful fountain of oil money.Last year the global financial crisis has hit Russia with unexpected force, knocking the country with economic growth at 7-8 percent a year to GDP by 9.5 percent in the first quarter of 29, none of the other major world economy has not experienced such an economic shock.In most countries, such adverse changes would have caused public outrage and would become a threat to political stability.Some commentators abroad hastened to make dire predictions about new revolutions that threaten Russia, while others claimed to have discovered a split in the system of dual power between President Dmitry Medvedev and his influential patron, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.But such arguments are generally unfounded. In Russia, where the mainstream media controlled by the state, there is practically no civil society, and the Kremlin dominates the political space. So the discussion of political decisions are not related to the risk of riots, and the risk to miss a historic chance for change.Liberal business circles and some of the officials from the inner circle Medvedev used the crisis to prove the need for broad reforms, including fighting corruption, strengthening guarantees of property rights, an independent judiciary, reform of the pension system, designed to create national pools of savings, improved transport infrastructure, designed to reduce company costs, and a reduction of bureaucratic red tape and costly regulation.Ultimately, such reforms could help to save Russia from its dependence on natural resources and lead to a more diversified and stable economy.'There is a fear that the oil price will start growing again, reforms will not, and it would expose Russia continuous cycles of boom and bust, in which she is the past 2 years, says the head of the largest Moscow investment Bank 'Renaissance Capital' Roland Nash (Roland Nash). - Now is the perfect time for reform.'The price of oilOne of the Russian Ministers, who agreed to speak on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on the matter officially, I agree with the analyst.'We are very pleased with this crisis," he said. "Our history shows that structural reforms only happen when things are bad.'The Russian political system is very closed, so most of the discussion takes place away from public attention. The information space is rife with rumours of secret meetings, where nationalists are faced with the reformists, the conflict over assets between factions of the ruling elite and the struggle for survival among the oligarchs. Читать полностью -->

Barack Obama turned to the middle class

The main idea of the appeal of the President of the USA was the mitigation of the economic recession and rein in corporationsYesterday, when Moscow was already deep night, President Barack Obama was to speak at a joint session of Congress and the U.S. Senate with his first annual address to the nation On the situation of the country." However, the main point of the report became known the day before. In the context of growing dissatisfaction with U.S. citizens of the continuing economic recession, his main attention, President Obama devoted to improving the lives of ordinary Americans, despite the opposition of the "Washington establishment" and pursuing the corporate objectives of big capital. With details - the correspondent of "Kommersant" in the USA CYRIL BELYANINOV.That the main theme of the annual message of the President On the situation in the country" will be the economy, it became known at least two weeks before the pre-announced date."Obama now has no choice,- said "Kommersant" the political scientist Jonathan Sanders from Fordham University in new York.- All of any notable achievements of his administration are associated exclusively with foreign policy, and voter interest, when the financial crisis and there will be new jobs. The polls show that they wait no longer going".The first anniversary in power, Barack Obama has indeed noted a significant drop in ratings. Читать полностью -->

Economics and the Bible

"...Put your trust not in riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy" (1 Tim. 6:17).This verse speaks of two wonderful doctrines of the Christian faith:1) God is the Lord of abundance - He "gives us richly all things to enjoy".2) God deserves our love and hope - "trust not in riches, but in the living God".1. The Lord of abundanceMany Christians think that the Bible is a book which tells a lot about the intangible world, and almost nothing about the material. Therefore, they are often surprised when they hear the phrase "Christian Economics".But ask the children reading the Bible, and they will call you words related to the real world (and therefore to the economy): the house (Windows, doors), furniture (chairs, tables, lamps), water, cereals, pastries, milk, honey, fish, fowl, vegetables, fruits (grapes, olives), nuts, clothes, jewelry, perfume, livestock, building materials, stationery, money...The people referred to in the Bible, bought and sold all of these items, and enjoyed them, because God is the Lord of abundance. From the beginning of the world God could create 1 different animals, but has created millions; 5 species of plants, but has created millions; could make it so that the trees would ripen only one fruit containing several seeds, but ripens much more fruit that provide you much more seeds. God is the Lord of abundance, not heavy needs. Читать полностью -->

Prepared schedule for the elimination of state corporations: first close RUSNANO last Olympstroy

The Ministry of economic development has prepared a schedule for the elimination of state corporations - a process of reform and transformation. Longest live "Olympstroy" until 215, "Vedomosti".As the paper notes, with the idea to liquidate the Corporation by turning them into funds or AO, made last March, the presidential Council for codification of civil legislation. In August, President Dmitry Medvedev instructed to check the Corporation, and in the fall called this form in General is futile. State corporations that operate in competitive parts of the economy, should be corporatized, and created for certain period of time to distribute the money and disappear, he said.The government's proposals in the Kremlin expecting in March, said presidential aide Arkady Dvorkovich. To prepare them the Ministry of economic development had until February 15, last week they came to the White house. In published Slon document (official taking part in the discussion, confirmed the content) set a timetable for the reform of state corporations, depending on their type.The first - already in the fourth quarter should be corporatized "RUSNANO" and the state company "Avtodor" (the state Corporation is not). Читать полностью -->

Crisis paid 73%

Crisis assistance appeared with a delay of a few monthsThe Russian programme of assistance to the falling economy had become one of the largest in the world - the government took the example of the United States, China and other major countries that did not skimp on the anti-crisis measures. But not copied, and, as always, went on his way. If the West and China in all ways stimulated the demand, and kept from falling, the banking system, Russia was going to spend money on supporting specific industries.The logic was simple: the banks themselves have been in better condition than in the West, but the real sector, who lost the borrowed funds, in the worst.When in April, Vladimir Putin presented a program at 1 trillion rubles, he promised not to squander the support is futile productions taxpayers ' money, which, according to his plan, would be enough not only for the real sector, but also banks, and something trillion was meant for ordinary citizens.That's just to spend a large portion of this sum the government could not at the time of the crisis but when it's almost over.From April to know what is happening with the anti-crisis Fund, managed only once. Data about the cash costs of the bailout, the Finance Ministry does not publish, and the first government report to the state Duma in August.It turned out that spending money is the government anti-crisis slow: of the promise of 1 trillion to 1 July was spent less than half (39.1 per cent). However, the basic package of aid to 45 billion rubles, which includes the cost of supporting the banks, industries and the labour market, has been selected yet slightly more than 5%.A new report (see document) the government submitted to the Duma last week.One of the officials who participated in the work on the document, said that "collected" report like the last time the Ministry of economic development, other agencies, including the Ministry of Finance, sent the data on the requested articles. The report itself, he said, was "not for everybody": a lot of numbers, and someone to read it, the main thing - to understand what these figures are.Slon read all 259 pages the history of the struggle of the government with the crisis and found out what happened with the anti-crisis money for 9 months, whom the state had the full support of, and on what measures he managed to save.By the third quarter of the expenditure of anti-crisis funds gained momentum in July - September, the government spent almost as much as for the entire first half of the year. Читать полностью -->

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