MOSCOW, December 27 (RIA Novosti) – Officially registered capital outflow from Russia frequently reflects Russian business investment abroad, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.
“As for capital outflow, this process is not viewed as simplistically as is frequently talked about. Capital outflow in our conditions does not mean direct capital flight,” he said.
A substantial part of this capital is registered in statistics during Russian business investments abroad, he said, citing the example of Russia’s largest lender Sberbank as an example.
“Sberbank acquired two large financial institutions this year – one in Eastern Europe [Volksbank] and the other in Turkey [Denizbank]. This also is included in the capital outflow figure but this is not capital flight, this is expansion into external markets,” Putin said, adding many companies in the world also relied on these practices.
Capital flight from Russia peaked at $133.7 billion in 2008 when the global economic crisis broke out, falling to $56.1 billion in 2009. Capital outflow from Russia stood at $80.5 billion in 2011 compared with $34.4 billion in 2010.
Russia’s Economics Ministry expects capital flight at $73-75 billion in 2012 compared with the Central Bank’s estimate of $65-67 billion. Central Bank chief Sergei Ignatyev has said the regulator does not plan to give up its capital outflow calculation methods because they are appropriate for the Bank’s analytical work.
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- xama226Russia cannot afford the capital flight07:21, 28/12/2012Russia cannot afford an 80B$/y capital flight.
This leads to lower GDP and lower living standards.
This money is given to London Bankers and others to use for
More specifically small and old personnel in the strategic industies
leads to very long production times, costly product failures (Space, aviation etc) Russia must diversify very fast if it does not want to become
a colony of western multinationals.
Military exercises are held in order to prevent a war rather than prepare for one. If a potential enemy knows and sees that the Russian Army is constantly improving its skills and adopting state-of-the-art combat equipment and combat support systems he will hardly risk aggression against these Armed Forces and the country they defend.