Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Interview With Russian President Dmitry Medvedev

Posted by Info on 29/01/2011

BLOOMBERG TELEVISION: Mr. President, thank you very much for joining us. You want to turn Russia into a modern country. You’ve got McDonalds. You’ve got shopping malls. You’ve got sushi. What’s missing?

DMITRY MEDVEDEV: What’s missing? More common things like infrastructure, business infrastructure, and legislation to properly regulate that business activity are missing. The official establishment, the bureaucracy, lack proper legal consciousness. And a well-developed judicial system is missing. Once we have all that, and provided there is no corruption, it would mean that Russia is ready to steam ahead along its modernisation track. …as regards compliance with legislation in our country, the situation here is as follows: our businessmen often try to strike a bargain with public officials, civil servants and among themselves in order to get around our legislation, which is not underdeveloped in my opinion, and try to close deals that are contrary to laws….last year alone several thousand private entrepreneurs and employees of major business entities were sent to prison for tax crimes.

… our judicial system as well as any attempts to bring pressure, including on me as the President, are totally destructive in this context because they make everyone else think that the judicial and legal system in Russia is so imperfect..more HERE

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