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Monday, December 5, 2016

Experts explained why Kudrin will appoint anyone, but not Prime Minister


Continues gradual return of ex-Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin in public clip people designing the economic future of Russia. On Tuesday, may 17 it became known about his appointment as head of the working group of the economic Council under the President – Chairman of the Board is Vladimir Putin. Prior to that, the former Minister of Finance included only in the composition of the Board, and in late April took the post of Deputy head. In his new position Kudrin will be engaged in identifying challenges that hinder sustainable economic growth and structural reforms.


photo: Mikhail Kovalev

Last month, Kudrin also headed the Board of the Center for strategic research. Their coming to CSR, he then explained the request of the President “involved in the elaboration of the strategy of development of Russia after 2018”. By the way, on the initiative of Alexey Kudrin and Herman Gref’s strategic developments center was established in 1999. The first President of the Council then was Vladimir Putin, under whose leadership, to pull the salary out of the envelopes was introduced a flat tax on personal income. Economic Council under the President was created much later, in July 2012. He became an Advisory body for preparation of proposals on the basic directions socially-economic policy of Russia, definition of the strategy and tactics of its implementation, mechanisms to ensure sustainable development and technological renewal of the economy. By the way, the next meeting of Council to be held on 25 may, i.e. next week. Whereas the previous one was already three years ago, in 2013. The report of Alexey Kudrin is not yet represented, however, his economic views are well known.

However, amid all the already made appointments, regular personnel reshuffling experts “MK” considered somewhat secondary. The important fact invitation Kudrin and granting him new powers. Analysts see this as shego kind of competition with the proposals for structural reforms, which in the current uslovija can offer the government and the Central Bank. That is, the former head of the Ministry of Finance will now have to submit its programme to overcome the crisis. Like it or not, is another question.

“The power and the expert is a special history of relations. There are many examples of wonderful experts, coming into power, has adopted the rules of the game and lose themselves. Kudrin is not covered, as it had to be done even in both sides. That is why it can be expected something new, something hopeful. The more experts who know how to construct the power, the better. The equal and opposite”, – said the chief editor of “Financial newspaper” Nicholas Vardul. On the other hand, the source continues, “MK”, Kudrin created the current economic model. This includes the same system reserve Fund, with which Russia has passed the crisis of 2009. Although at the same time, such tactics did not stimuliruet the slide of our country with the “oil needle”. “And this gives grounds to doubt that Kudrin is the person who will be able to participate in modernization of Russian economy”, – concluded Vardul.

While it’s unclear how the hardware will be the future fate of Alexei Kudrin, at this stage there are not many. Experts believe that it is possible to exclude only two versions: the replacement of Kudrin, Dmitry Medvedev in his post, as well as the arrival of the former Finance Minister to the post of President of Russia.

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