Proč ruská ekonomika nezkolabuje

ŽENEVA – Po překotné devalvaci rublu se navzdory dramatickému – a zřejmě zoufalému – nočnímu zvýšení úrokových sazeb, k němuž Centrální banka Ruska (CBR) přistoupila minulý měsíc, objevil přízrak ruského hospodářského zhroucení z roku 1998. Ostatně Západ se ve své trvající konfrontaci s ruským prezidentem Vladimírem Putinem snaží tento přízrak vyvolat. Avšak přestože je ruská ekonomika nepochybně v nesnázích, úplné zhroucení je nepravděpodobné.

Ropa a plyn tvoří přes 60 % ruských vývozů; většinu zbytku tvoří jiné primární komodity. Nedávný strmý pokles světových cen ropy tak pochopitelně představuje významný šok, dost velký na to, aby ve spojení s účinky čím dál přísnějších západních sankcí vyvolal značnou recesi. Aby to bylo ještě horší, očekává se, že nízké komoditní ceny po nějakou dobu přetrvají. V takovém případě by byl propad příjmů víc než jen dočasný zádrhel.

Rusko ale není ekonomický případ směřující k odpisu – alespoň prozatím. Současná situace se velmi liší od roku 1998, kdy Rusko hospodařilo s dvojím schodkem, fiskálním i na běžném účtu. Potřebovalo si půjčit a rozsáhle tak činilo v cizí měně. To znamenalo, že jak rubl devalvoval, ruský dluh narůstal. Nakonec začal být neodvratný krach.

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