Путин – непризнание реальности

ВАШИНГТОН, округ Колумбия – К концу 2014 года мощный финансовый кризис разразился в России. Мировые цены на нефть упали почти вдвое с середины июня, резко снизился курс рубля, завершая год с таким же падением. Золотовалютные резервы России уменьшились на 135 миллиардов долларов США, а инфляция выразилась в двузначной цифре. Дела становятся все хуже и хуже.

Снижение цен на нефть вынудило Россию наполовину сократить импорт – и вместе с продолжающимся ростом инфляции это серьезно снизит жизненный уровень населения. Добавьте к этому постоянно растущую коррупцию и уменьшение оборотного капитала ‑ и становится весьма вероятным финансовый обвал, сопровождаемый падением производства на 8–10 %.

Способность России преодолеть создавшееся затруднительное положение зависит от ее сильного президента Владимира Путина. Но Путин бездействует; фактически, он притворяется, что никакого кризиса нет. В обоих больших выступлениях в декабре он просто ссылался на «существующую ситуацию». В своем Новогоднем обращении он хвастался аннексией Крыма и успешными зимними Олимпийскими играми в Сочи, тщательно избегая любого упоминания ситуации с экономикой.

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