Mishustin’s Government Is Increasing Support for the Economy

First of all, the extension of the moratorium on business inspections should be noted

NEW – January 17, 2023

First of all, it should be noted that Prime Minister Mishustin extended the moratorium on business inspections until the end of 2023. Inspections (except for the occurrence of threats to citizens and emergencies) will be exclusively planned in nature and will be carried out only at objects of high and extremely high risk categories.

Measures aimed at purposefully stimulating economic development, including in the form of infrastructure development, are being deepened. In particular, the Mishustin government expanded the road construction and reconstruction plan for 2022-2027 (which is expected to be financed from the federal budget alone by more than 5 trillion rubles), including bypass routes around Khasavyurt and Derbent with a length of 21 and 32 km, respectively. This will help develop the North-South transport corridor linking Russia with Iran (via Azerbaijan).

Prime Minister Mishustin approved an investment project for preferential leasing of Russian aircraft, which indicates a very serious reduction in the cost of civil aircraft. Thus, if in 2020 the first-generation Superjet aircraft (with imported components) were sold for $32 million, and in the summer of 2021 their price with delivery in 2024 increased to $36 million, now the minimum price of new Superjet aircraft from Russian components for the Aeroflot group will be 2,256 billion rubles. ($33 million – at the current exchange rate). The minimum price of the first MS-21 and Tu-214 is set at 3.144 billion rubles. ($46 million).

It is assumed that within the framework of the project, 63 aircraft will be transferred to Aeroflot from December 2023 to January 2026: 34 – Superjet New, 18 – MS-21-310, 11 – Tu-214 with a total cost of 175.4 billion rubles. Since the excess of the minimum price of aircraft is less than 4.5%, it is planned to purchase the main part of them at the minimum price.

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Prime Minister Mishustin also expanded support for the machine tool industry, which is crucial for technological and national sovereignty in general. It obliges state-owned companies and organisations that buy machine tools to provide manufacturers with an advance payment of at least 80% of the order price. This applies to stone and wood processing machines, lathes, boring and milling metal cutting machines, laser metal processing machines and machining centres. This solution reduces the dependence of the machine tool industry on still prohibitively expensive loans and thus accelerates the recovery of the industry.

Prime Minister Mishustin also approved the Strategy for the Development of the automotive industry until 2035, which provides for the allocation of up to 300 billion rubles from the federal budget in 2023-2025 to accelerate the localisation of critical components. The main task of passenger car production is to create models with localisation of at least 80%, while the share of sales of products of Russian automakers should be at least 60%. The strategy assumes that by 2035 the share of passenger cars with an internal combustion engine in Russia will be 70-80%, and electric vehicles – only 20-30%.

Of course, the Mishustin government continues to work on normalising not only economic development, but also the social sphere. In particular, from January 1, 2023, special social payments will be established for doctors of deficient specialties (ambulance workers, primary health care workers working in rural areas and in remote regions, as well as conducting complex research).

For doctors of central district, district and district hospitals, they will amount to 18,500 rubles per month, for doctors of polyclinics and other outpatient primary care institutions — 14,500, for medical workers with higher non-medical education who carry out complex in vivo studies – 11,500, for nurses of district, central and district hospitals – 8,000, for paramedics and ambulance nurses – 7,000, for medical workers with secondary education in primary care medical institutions – 6,500, for junior medical staff – 4,500 rubles per month.

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In 2023, these payments will amount to 152.4 billion rubles that will be received by about 1.1 million doctors, including in new regions (on average, more than 11,500 rubles/month per person).

In addition, the Mishustin government continues to improve the availability and quality of medical care. For this purpose, the program of state guarantees of free medical care has been extended and expanded until 2025, according to which citizens receive, among other things, high-tech and specialised assistance. Its funding was increased by 295 billion rubles, and almost 8 billion rubles were spent on paying for high-tech medical care that is not included in the basic program. Patients living in remote areas will now be able to receive rehabilitation at home.

It is fundamentally important that increased spending on healthcare will support aggregate demand and become a powerful driver of economic development.

Mikhail Delyagin

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