President Vladimir Putin’s top economic aide is looking at backing a proposed freeze on price growth for natural gas, power and rail monopolies next year as the Russian government seeks to control inflation.
Russia, the world’s biggest energy exporter, expects the price of oil shipments to the global market to start decreasing next year as governments begin to withdraw stimulus measures, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said.
An adviser to Dmitry Medvedev said the outgoing Russian president should abandon plans to become premier and make way for the man he fired last year as finance minister, Alexei Kudrin, who would do a better job.
Josef Stalin built a massive luxury apartment compound across the river from the Kremlin to both reward and spy on his closest comrades. The one Vladimir Putin built for his clique is smaller and harder to find.
Russia’s central bank shouldn’t take steps to offset faster inflation because “monetary measures” won’t help contain price growth caused by drought and crop losses, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said.
Russia’s net capital outflow will shrink further and may be “close to a zero” for 2010, while the ruble will be stronger than expected because of higher oil prices, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said.
Russia’s political system is “flawed” and the government needs to decentralize power and regulate more efficiently to lure greater numbers of investors, said Alexei Kudrin, the former finance minister.