GarryB wrote:The whole point of privatisation is to inject more money into the system to stimulate development and growth but many investors just want a good return and really don't care about anything else.
As with electricity companies they reduce budgets for maintenance and support, and often fire half the work force to reduce costs, and then increase charges to maximise the profit so they get good dividends... and who cares about the customer...
The service rarely gets better or cheaper... a lot of people stop working and stop paying taxes for a while and the workers that remain normally get pay cuts and lose benefits. Government jobs pay better and have better workers conditions which is expensive, but worth it to avoid problems with strikes or unhappy workers doing the bare minimum to keep their jobs.
Most of the time it makes more sense for the government to inject available extra funds into areas where things can grow and develop and then the government and therefore also the people will reap the rewards of development and growth... instead of foreign investors making money on development and growth in Russia.
Aside from the post 2011 nonsense at the CBR, Putin has been doing a good job helping Russian companies revive and form. The comprador
era of Yeltsin where an artificially high ruble suppressed any sane transition to market economics thanks to an import flood ended after 1999.
All the yapping about "structural reforms" is pure propaganda. The west was singing the praises of Yeltsin when he was selling Russia down
the river, but spews hate at Putin for serving Russian interests. Russia does not need any structural reforms since this is double-speak for
Kudrin style "foreign investment" such as you describe. I know this sort of investment first hand in Canada. It is predatory capitalism
and predators pay all sorts of shills including politicians to push their agenda. The average clueless sap who does not bother to get informed
about the economy and the real political situation thinks that this agenda is some form of good idea. No, it is suicide. Thank goodness that
Putin went Russia's way and did not follow the monetarist shock therapy voodoo economics of the Yeltsin regime.