Можно ли спасти Россию?

МОСКВА - Экономика России терпит крах, но ситуация могла быть еще хуже. Глобальный экономический кризис, наконец, заставил правительство принять здравомыслящую политику, предотвращая тем самым катастрофу - по крайней мере, пока.

Официальные прогнозы относительно роста российского ВВП в 2009 году остаются позитивными, однако большинство аналитиков, включая правительственных чиновников, готовятся к серьезному спаду, который, в действительности, похоже, начался уже в четвертом квартале 2008 года. Крах фондовой биржи – ее падение на 72% является наибольшим среди всех основных развивающихся рынков - является лишь самым заметным признаком этого.

Даже российские олигархи закладывают свои яхты и продают частные реактивные самолеты. Нарастают признаки политической нестабильности. Оценки доверия президенту России и премьер-министру ползут вниз. Начались массовые уличные протесты – возглавляемые не оппозиционными политическими партиями, а рабочими и семьями среднего класса, которые потеряли работы и столкнулись с сокращением заработной платы. Еще более важно, что протестующие требуют отставки правительства – о чем было невозможно даже подумать еще год назад.

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