Anders Aslund, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, on the basis of impressions from a recent trip to the Russian capital, claims that Putin’s economic model is dead.
The Putin system “only distributed large oil profits between the elite and ordinary people, without creating any moral or economic values,” Aslund writes on The Washington Post pages.
Now Russia has the worst economic indicators among the G20 countries. Russian elites are aware of the fiasco of such a policy of the authorities, and resistance to the government is growing. The cause of a strong economic lag is the colossal corruption that is further stimulated by the existence of state corporations, the author argues.
“Russia is so corrupt that since 2000 it has not expanded its road network,” adds Anders Aslund.
According to the author, the discordant criticism from the lips of the elite gives 2010 some similarity with 1987.“In December, the old Kremlin courtier Gleb Pavlovsky even called for Putin’s resignation, stating that the prime minister was old-fashioned,” says Aslund.
The author of the article emphasizes that Vladislav Surkov (the first deputy head of the Russian presidential administration, Dmitry Medvedev) is acting against Putin: “As they say in Moscow, Putin accused Surkov of the fact that the latter allowed a demonstration (on January 30, in Kaliningrad, protesters demanded Putin’s resignation).
Meanwhile, Medvedev, publicly criticizing state corporations, law enforcement agencies and corruption, gives others the opportunity to join this criticism and offers an alternative platform of power, the newspaper notes.