Kudrin doesn't see Putin's willingness to change governance of economy, country

Former Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin says following Russian President Vladimir Putin's Q&A session on Thursday that he did not see Putin's intention to change the way the economy and the country are governed.

Former Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin says following Russian President Vladimir Putin's Q&A session on Thursday that he did not see Putin's intention to change the way the economy and the country are governed.

Speaking to Interfax later in the day, Kudrin said he did not see the president's willingness "to address the challenges facing the country in the economy and improve and support the business environment."

Kudrin suggested that, as he understood from what Putin said during the Q&A session, all his efforts are "directed at the upcoming two years, during which he deems necessary to make sure that the crisis is overcome."

The president is apparently sure that this policy will help not only overcome the crisis but also overcome the difficult situation in the country as a whole, Kudrin said.

In assessing the Q&A session in general, Kudrin said he was in "a sad mood, as I understand that nothing can move, or will not move, or will remain where it is without the president's decision. This also concerns support for entrepreneurs."

Kudrin admitted that a lot has changed over the past year in the way businessmen are supported but argued that this is not enough. "This most important theme has not yet come to the foreground. What counts most is that even the rules that have been adopted don't work, and they need to be not only clear, but they need to be clearly abided by," he said.

Kudrin believes the government's policy will help the economy come out of a recession, but it is more important what should be done next, and the government does not have a plan for this.

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