Half of Russians believe authorities foster foreign investments - poll

Healthcare, heavy industries and agriculture should be the primary areas of foreign investments, respondents told the Public Opinion Foundation in 100 towns and cities in 43 regions on Feb. 2-3.

Sixty-three percent of 1,500 respondents believe Russian authorities are interested in attracting foreign investments, 7 percent doubt that and 30 percent know nothing about investment plans of the national administration.

Fifty percent assert that the authorities foster foreign investments, 10 percent claim the opposite and 40 percent are hesitant.

Doing business in Russia is easier for foreigners, in the opinion of 20 percent of the respondents, while 15 percent have the opposite opinion - "considering high levels of corruption, everyone is trying to rob them." Twenty-seven percent think business success does not depend on the businessman's citizenship.

As for which Russian sectors could use foreign investments, the respondents named healthcare (29 percent), heavy industries (car and machine building- 23 percent), and agriculture, timber and fishing industries (22 percent).

Other investment targets suggested by the respondents were construction (16 percent), light and food industries (12 percent), science and high-tech production (12 percent), information technologies, communications and the Internet (11 percent), sports, tourism and recreation (11 percent), mining industries and education (9 percent), transport, logistics (7 percent), household services (6 percent), banking, culture, art and others (4 percent).

Only 18 percent suppose that foreign investments do more harm than good to Russia, 24 percent argue the opposite, pointing to material and technological advantages. Twenty-three percent say the effect of foreign investments is neutral, and 35 percent are unable to answer the question.

Speaking of benefits provided by foreign investments, 7 percent said they strengthened the national economy, 5 percent mentioned new jobs, 4 percent spoke about extra revenues and 2 percent about new technologies.

Negative consequences included revenue exports (6 percent), supplanting Russian manufacturers, losing independence and denting the domestic economy (3 percent).

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