The Pro-Putin Vote
Nodari Simonia is the director of the Moscow-based Institute for International Economy and International Relations. Placed under the Russian Academy and the largest think tank in Russia, Simonia's institute undertakes research on social, economic, military, and foreign policy issues. In his interview, he viewed that transition should imply a change for the better. He stressed that the reformers destroyed the old structures, hoping that they would automatically discover markets in their place. Eight years under Yeltsin witnessed deterioration, a destruction of Russian industry, and the impoverishment of the masses. He pointed out that there is no need to borrow the U.S. model of private ownership of oil and not enforcing the U.S. model of tax payment.
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