Alexei Kudrin again becomes "his" man in the Kremlin. On Wednesday Vladimir Putin for the first time invited him to a meeting on economic issues, which is usually held in the narrow part of the office of the President. The presence of Kudrin, apparently, means that Putin has finally decided to recover to growth rates above the world average, the Russian economy will recipes once-disgraced Minister of Finance.
Putin in the Kremlin gave a sign: "antipersona" Kudrin program in the priority photo: kremlin.ru
In addition to Kudrin, the meeting was attended by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, first Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, Minister of economic development and trade Ministry Maxim Oreshkin, head of the presidential administration Anton Vaino, assistant to the President for economic Affairs Andrei Belousov and head of the Central Bank Elvira Nabiullina. Such engagement is traditional. But an invitation Kudrin is due to its special mission. "He's preparing a programme for the future development of economy", - said the President.
Earlier, in the corridors of power existed in a somewhat different version. The development program of economic development, argued in the Kremlin are experts and none of them has priority. "Not to say that one of the plans taken as a basis. Both represent a set of certain ideas that in General are taken into account and considered when formulating future strategy," said Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the ideological dispute of the Center for strategic research Alexei Kudrin, calling for strict control over expenditure and budgetary consolidation, and "Stolypin club" headed by Boris Titov, who offers to stimulate economic growth at the expense of equity financing.
Before the meeting in the Kremlin Kudrin has had the opportunity to announce their ideas in the framework of the Gaidar economic forum. There he said that the economic growth of the Russian Federation is lower now than in the period of stagnation in the Soviet Union, and to overcome the negative trends, the President will have to take "serious and extraordinary steps."
Economic reforms, he said, must be accompanied by political, as the low confidence in the major institutions of power will not allow essential for sustainable growth breakthrough. Kudrin also advocates changing the tax system and the social security system, reduce the budget deficit, raising the retirement age to 65 years for men and 63 years for women , the reduction target for inflation from 4% to 2% and rapid development of technology for overcoming underdevelopment.
(Read more in the article "Russians are waiting for the economic horror: it came to light at the Gaidar forum" ).
"Stolypin club" on January 16 announced the beginning of the expert discussion of his "growth Strategy", prepared with the filing of Putin's adviser Andrei Belousov. The program Boris Titov and his experts offers alternative Kudrinsky ideas to achieve the same goal — to reach GDP growth of 4% by 2019. However, the business Ombudsman to a meeting in the Kremlin for some reason was not invited.
Vladimir Putin, opening the meeting, acknowledged that the positive tendencies observed in the end of 2016, remain fragile. Therefore, the authorities must, as soon as possible to determine the next measures to support the Russian economy. The most important task, according to the President, is to ensure overall macroeconomic stability - a stable budget, low inflation and unemployment. In addition, you must identify possible risks and develop a plan of action in case of their manifestation.
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