INSOR Russia: Institute of Contemporary Development
Updated June 28, 2019

November 17, 2011

The Institute of Contemporary Development

COURTING DISASTER

Russia Profile

Russia's 2012 to 2014 Budget Portends Future Inconvenience and Economic Hardship, Experts Say 2012-2014 budget dispatched from government to Duma // Tai Adelaja

(…) The paradox of Russia’s current situation is that one would expect the government to invest more in health and education, particularly in tough economic times, said Yevgeny Gontmakher, deputy head of the Kremlin-linked Institute of Modern Development. "I cannot understand the logic of our leaders, who themselves admit that healthcare is chronically underfunded," Gontmakher said. "While it isn't a bad idea to give a pay raise to soldiers, spending on weaponry is almost always misappropriated and has never produced the desired results. The Russian military-industrial complex is a black hole that sucks in a huge amount of budget money."

RUSSIAN PRESS - BEHIND THE HEADLINES. VEDOMOSTI: PUTIN FACES DWINDLING SUPPORT

РИА Новости

Political analyst Boris Makarenko mentioned a “functional depreciation of Putin as a personality” after his ratings stayed high for an unprecedentedly long time. Some people value continuity in the authorities, while others bemoan a loss of optimism. Therefore, Putin’s popularity is unlikely to return to the statistical highs of 2004, Makarenko opined.

IMMER MEHR RUSSEN SIND DES PUTIN-KULTS ÜBERDRÜSSIG – "WEDOMOSTI"

РИА Новости

Der Politologe Boris Makarenko spricht von einer „moralischen Abnutzung der Person Putins“, dessen Popularitätsrate „phänomenal lange“ sehr hoch gewesen sei. Er werde es sehr schwer haben, wieder sein Topergebnis von 2004 zu erreichen, vermutete der Experte.