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MAIN REASONS FOR THE UNPOPULARITY OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES IN RUSSIA

21 july 2021

In Russia, the rapid development of the electric vehicle market is hampered by several major obstacles. This was explained to REGNUM by Yuri Ponomarev, senior researcher at the Gaidar Institute. This is his comment on the promise, voiced by the RF Ministry of Industry and Trade, that preferential car loans from 2022 will also apply to electric cars.

ALEXANDER KNOBEL ESTIMATES RUSSIA’S PROSPECTS IN HER TRADE CONFLICT WITH EUROPE

21 july 2021

The European Union attempted to launch a World Trade Organization (WTO) case against Russia concerning the economic advantages of domestic producers. Head of the Gaidar Institute’s International Trade Department Alexander Knobel shared with The Russian Newspaper his opinion that Russia has some weighty arguments to present in the dispute with the EU.

IRINA STARODUBROVSKAYA: “FOR THE LEGALIZATION OF BUSINESS ACTIVITY IN THE NORTHERN CAUCASUS, FINANCIAL INCENTIVES ARE NEEDED”

19 july 2021

At the end of June, Russia’s Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin instructed the RF Ministry of Finance and the RF Ministry of Economic Development to prepare, by August 1, al the necessary measures designed to reduce the shadow sector’s share in the regional economies of the North Caucasus. Irina Starodubrovskaya, Head of the Gaidar Institute’s Center for Political Economy and Regional Development, believes that the issuance of grants for the legalization of entrepreneurial activity can become an effective initiative to support local businesses. TASS quotes the expert’s opinion as follows.

NATALIA SHAGAIDA: “GROCERY PRICES SEE A RECORD-BREAKING SPIKE”

16 july 2021

In Russia, foodstuff prices are soaring at breakneck speed. Prices for cabbage and carrots increased, while those of bananas have hit their all-time high. Natalya Shagaida, Head of the Gaidar Institute’s Agrarian Department, said in her interview with 360 that the reasons for the current spike in prices should be looked for outside of the agricultural sector. The underlying contributing factors include the rise in prices for imported vegetable seeds, spare parts for equipment, and the ever-increasing shipping costs.

IGOR EFREMOV SPEAKS ON ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION SHRINKAGE IN RUSSIA IN HIS INTERVIEW WITH THE “EVENING MOSCOW” DAILY

14 july 2021

On July 14, Igor Efremov, researcher at the Gaidar Institute’s International Research Department of Political Demography and Macrodynamics, gave an interview to the “Evening Moscow” daily, where the ongoing reduction of alcohol consumption in Russia was discussed.

STEPAN ZEMTSOV SPEAKS ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE KUZBASS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

13 july 2021

The Club of Regions cites the opinion of Stepan Zemtsov, senior researcher at the Gaidar Institute’s Innovation Economics Department, on the implementation of projects envisaged in the program of socioeconomic development of the Kemerovo region, concerning which President Vladimir Putin issued his instructions at a recent Government meeting.

OLGA IZRYADNOVA: “ECONOMIC REVIVAL IN RUSSIA CONTINUES”

12 july 2021

In its latest issue that focused on the development dynamics and prospects of the Russian economy, The Expert published a commentary by Olga Izryadnova, Head of the Gaidar Institute’s Structural Policy Department. 

ALEXEY VEDEV: “THE MINISTRY OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IMPROVES ITS ECONOMIC GROWTH FORECAST”

10 july 2021

The RF Ministry of Economic Development has significantly improved its forecast rate of economic growth. According to the government department, towards the end of this year, Russia’s GDP will gain 3.8% instead of the previously predicted 2.9%. Alexey Vedev, head of the Gaidar Institute’s Financial Studies Department, shared with The Moskovsky Komsomolets his point of view concerning the country’s updated socioeconomic development forecast.

ALEXANDER KNOBEL ON THE REASONS BEHIND THE RECENT BURST OF INFLATION IN RUSSIA

08 july 2021

In June, according to Rosstat data, annual inflation in Russia accelerated to 6.5%, and consumer prices rose by 0.69% on the previous month. Alexander Knobel, Head of the Gaidar Institute’s International Trade Department, told TASS about the internal inflationary risks factors.

NATALIA KORNIENKO: “WE WANT TO LIVE LIKE IN EUROPE, WHILE CONTINUING TO PAY RIDICULOUSLY LOW TAXES”

07 july 2021

The draft law on the introduction of luxury tax was rejected by the government. It has been noted that the adoption of that law could result in double taxation. Natalia Kornienko, Head of the Gaidar Institute’s Tax System Development Department, spoke about the taxation system on the air with the Public News Service (OSN Media).

SERGEI BELEV: “SKY-HIGH DIVIDENDS MAY FALL INTO OBLIVION”

09 june 2021

The RF Ministry of Economic Development is developing instruments which motivate companies to invest profit into their business instead of paying higher dividends, the Izvestia daily reports. Sergei Belev, Head of the Budget Policy Department, Gaidar Institute is skeptical about this way of discouragement. According to Sergei Belev, the idea to increasing taxes on dividends is on the surface provided that it concerns only large companies.

OLGA IZRAYDNOVA: “IN 2020 THE SHARE OF INVESTMENTS IN THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION PEAKED”

08 june 2021

In 2020, the share of capital investments in Russian GDP hit the five-year high of 18.9%. Olga Izraydnova, Head of the Structural Policy Department, Gaidar Institute said to the IA REGNUM Information Agency.

ALEXEI VEDEV: “EACH PROJECT WILL CONTRIBUTE TO ECONOMIC GROWTH”

08 june 2021

Alexei Vedev, Head of the Financial Studies Department, Gaidar Institute commented to the Izvestia daily on the list of initiatives prepared by the RF Ministry of Economic Development to be included in the Strategy of the Social and Economic Development of Russia till 2030.

YELENA MININA: “RUSSIA MAY RAISE TAXES FOR LARGE PROPERTY OWNERS”

07 june 2021

In her interview to the Govorit Moskva Radio Station, Yelena Minina, Senior Researcher of the Fiscal System Development Department, Gaidar Institute commented on the initiative of Mikhail Shapov, State Duma Deputy to increase taxes for individuals who own several real estate properties.

ALEXEI VEDEV: “THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE HAS DECIDED TO GET RID OF US DOLLARS IN THE NWF, I DO NOT SEE ANY ECONOMIC REASONS FOR IT”

04 june 2021

Alexei Vedev, Head of the Financial Studies Department, Gaidar Institute commented to the IA Znac Information Agency on the government’s decision to reduce to nothing within a month the share of US Dollars in the National Welfare Fund (NWF).

OLGA IZRYADNOVA: “MOSCOW HAS ISSUED A NEW INSTRUMENT TO RAISE FUNDS TO SOLVE ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES”

04 june 2021

Olga Izryadnova, Head of the Structural Policy Department, Gaidar Institute told the Izvestia daily if regions would be able to attract investments via “green” bonds.