Kudrin vs Naibiullina?
Roland Oliphant’s article in The Moscow Times on if Russia needs to increase the tax base caught my eye because he sort of implied that Elvira & Alexei have had a bit of a falling out. And actually over some ideology/economic points rather than it just being a power struggle (though that may also be part of this).
I know I don’t get econ very much, but I understand budgets because everyone has to keep one. Also, I am something of an expert on the way VVP’s mind works (not bragging, just stating a fact).
So, a few things here: I don’t think that it is fair to say that one of these ideas is better than another. Elvira & Alexei Leonidovich are coming at this from two different positions because that is what their jobs dictate. Alexei is supposed to create a budget, and manage it, and keep everyone else on it, too. And Elvira is supposed to figure out how to grow the economy and sustain long-term growth. So, combine the two, and work it out. The retirement age definitely needs to be discussed. The gap between men and women needs to be evened out somewhat, if nothing else. Also, since both men and women of retirement age work in the shadow economy anyway, I don’t think that increasing the age would be that bad. They’d still be paying in, and you’d decrease the number of people who are pensioners.
Meanwhile, VVP is totally playing the two off each other, and I can only conclude one of two things. Either it makes Alexei Leonidovich work harder & better (i.e. he is motivated by the negativity), or VVP just gets a perverse pleasure out of doing it. I would go for the latter, but I do kind of wonder about Alexei Leonidovich…