Austin wrote:The Russian government are doing structural reforms so this is good thing
Structural reforms is a meaningless buzzword that gets thrown around by the EU a lot. To mean that only they can implement structural reforms for other countries, that the Ukraine and other places can't do it themselves so they have to join the EU to let the benevolent Europeans do it for them.
In reality as the 2nd link of yours shows, what they actually mean is privatization of state assets.
Privatization of British railways led to disaster. Privatization of Russian state enteprises in the 90s led to their ruin. The privatization of the Russian electricity network led to its fracturing into dozens of subsideries with no serious investment power among any one of them to upgrade the network further or build new power stations. It caused Russia quite a bit of trouble 15 years ago.
There is a way to do privatization, even though it's still not the best solution. That's to sell part of the state shares to private investors; just not all of them, or most of them.
Like everything in life.. there is a second face of the coin.. a second point of view equally valid.
There are pros and cons for everything....
Nationalization makes sense when there is a major risk for the Nation Security , Nation stability and nation
prosperity , if X or Y business falls in enemy hands. It will be for example a fatal mistake ,to pass the control of Rosatom , who build nuclear reactors and manage them in Russia ,to private companies connected with pro NATO pro Anglo Zionist empire governments.. like US ,UK or Israel. or even Ukraine.. to allow them control
anything in Russia.. because the CIA could sabotage Russia nuclear reactors..and create a major disaster.
simply you never put wolves to take care of the sheep.
Also a big mistake to privatize Russia space program or Russia missiles program.. thats a serious national security issue..
Privatization makes more send when it is of things not really that important for nation security or if it is a bit..
that the private owner of a company is someone that close ally to Russia ,and that there is strong mutual trust. and mutual interest.
Private business in the right hands.. that Russia government trust , can do much better than the state..
Because with Public Business , there is something call workers UNIONS.. that can do a lot of damage ,to the
nation , if they given too much authority. An Power electric workers union ,can paralize the entire country
if they not paid.. They also with their protest.. could get bonuses ,that literary force the Government to pay them.. triple their salaries in emergency times or over time.. even if they don't achieve any goal.. Powerful well organized workers Unions can truly paralize a nation Economy.. So there is no perfect solution , a balanced
approach needs to be taken.. cooperation of Private sector with Public sector is the best of both worlds.
If i was Russia will have offer 49% of Russia energy business to Germany and France and Austria and italy..
That way you will have those leading nations , working non stop ,to make all EU , heavily dependent of Energy that comes from Russia.. and Russia will sell 95% of the energy to Europe and Russia can live happily
with taxes from extracting oil and gas from Russia. That also could promote Europe and Russia better relations.
Russia also should get the hell out of sports and privatize it all . stay away of it.. Privatize tourism to friendly nations.. Hotel chains ..Privatize light transportation services .. and privatize the retails and health industry ,hospitals..highway and housing Construction.