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Absence Of Political Competition Increases Gap Between Rich And Poor In Russia – OpEd

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Wealth is more concentrated at the top of the Russian political system more than in any other country, Aleksandr Sherin says, the result of the elimination of real competition in the political system and something that provides stability for the top but precludes the economic development of the country.

The LDPR Duma deputy says that the current arrangements in Russia works well for the rich around the throne but not for everyone else or the country as a whole because it precludes “the growth of the well-being of the citizens and economic development” (realtribune.ru/sherin-otsutstvie-konkurencii-v-politike-uvelichivaet-razryv-mezhdu-bogatymi-i-bednymi).

It is impossible to “build an advanced and developed economy and to create a comfortable and dignified level of life for citizens without a middle class and without a large number of people with good incomes,” Sherin continues. But that is exactly what the defense of wealth at the top is blocking.

According to him, “in the future, the ruling class will continue on its course of keeping power in the hands of one political force. In order not to create competitors in the political arena, the system will try to concentrate the main wealth of the country in the hands of a very narrow circle of people.”

“Such an approach,” the LDPR deputy says, “allows for the administration of people and financial flows, guaranteeing themselves personal stability and flourishing.” But they win economically and politically only by depriving everyone else of economic possibilities and the chance to make alternative political choices.

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Paul Goble

Paul Goble is a longtime specialist on ethnic and religious questions in Eurasia. Most recently, he was director of research and publications at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy. Earlier, he served as vice dean for the social sciences and humanities at Audentes University in Tallinn and a senior research associate at the EuroCollege of the University of Tartu in Estonia. He has served in various capacities in the U.S. State Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and the International Broadcasting Bureau as well as at the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Mr. Goble maintains the Window on Eurasia blog and can be contacted directly at [email protected] .

2 thoughts on “Absence Of Political Competition Increases Gap Between Rich And Poor In Russia – OpEd

  • May 24, 2021 at 5:28 pm
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    On the other hand, political competition in democratic US has virtually eliminated the gap between rich and poor. As a matter of fact, many experts believe that any more of this competition will inevitably lead to poor people eventually having more money than rich people.

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  • May 25, 2021 at 5:03 am
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    Political competition is no longer an issue for Russia. The question of the Slavic genocide. Russia, thanks to Putin, is dying out. Thousands of desolate villages. According to the “grain index”, the country is home to not 150, but 80 million people. Official unemployment benefit – $ 30 per month. And this is in a country where you have to not only eat, but also dress. 60% of the territory of Russia is permafrost. Foreigners see only the facade – Moscow and St. Petersburg. In the hinterland, terrible things happen – hopelessness and poverty kill more people than gas chambers. In 20 years, Putin’s regime has killed more Slavs than Stalin.

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