Russian Deputy Prime Minister Reaffirms State Control Over Strategic Sectors of Economy

30 de abril de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Russian Deputy Prime Minister Reaffirms State Control Over Strategic Sectors of Economy</h1><p>April 30 (EIRNS)--As reported by the <em>Ria Novosti</em> and <em>Rosbusiness Consulting</em> news agencies over the past weekend, First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said in a speech at the constituent congress of the Union of Russian Machine Builders in Moscow, April 28, that "In strategic branches - for example, atomic and space rockets, control over such holdings will always remain in the hands of the state, as happens all over the world; the rest is 100 percent open to private capital, above all Russian ones." He also said that the future of machine-building lies in "large integrated structures with a complete production cycle, from the manufacture of key components to the output of finished products," adding that "it will be much easier for powerful companies to compete with foreign companies," especially if Russia joined the WTO.</p><p>A recent opinion poll carried out by the Levada Center found, by the way, that among potential candidates for succeeding Putin in the presidency, Ivanov ranks first now, with a lead of 2 per cent over Dmitri Medvedev, the other First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, who would receive 29 percent of the vote. In March, a Levada poll saw Medvedev still at 31 percent, against Ivanov's 25 percent.</p></div></body>