Tim Brinton

Брежневский синдром Путина

ПАРИЖ. Победитель воскресных выборов законодательной власти в России был заранее определен: Единая Россия с Владимиром Путиным во главе. Более того, нет сомнений в том, что сам Путин победит на президентских выборах в марте 2012 года. Однако энтузиазм, с которым народ принимал путинскую власть в течение десятилетия, исчез, и это отчасти проявилось в посредственных результатах его партии Единой России на только что завершившихся выборах в Государственную Думу.

В отличие от Европы, страдающей от кризиса внутреннего долга, и США, чьи лидеры спорят о том, как остановить рост дефицита бюджета, Россия может показаться оазисом стабильности и преемственности. Но эта преемственность больше напоминает "застой", или стагнацию, эпохи Брежнева.

Восемь лет 7%-го среднегодового роста ВВП в течение предыдущего президентства Путина (2000-2008 гг.) позволили России расплатиться с долгами, накопить почти 600 миллиардов долларов валютных резервов и присоединиться к ведущим развивающимся экономикам. Спустя десятилетие после кризиса 1998 года, поставившего Россию на колени, ее руководители хвастаются тем, что страна могла бы повлиять на финансовый кризис 2008 года.

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