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Economics and Politics in Russia
The Center for Economic and Political Research (EPIcenter)
Nizhni Novgorod-Moscow, 1992
CHAPTER 2. The New Policies of the Administration.

2.3. Regional approach


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The given scenario of unification and stabilization is, on the one hand, probable because of the strength of its similarity to Russian history, but on the other hand, it has a range of nuances connected with the peculiarities of a modern interdependent world. Without considering the place of Russia in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and in the world community, this scenario is threatened with the creation of totalitarianism and possibly unpredictable actions of the Russian leadership in the international political arena. Essentially , without external support, that scenario could not possibly occur along a purely democratic and non-violent path.

In order to avoid such a turn of events, it follows that one must choose the path of strengthening the CIS as a regional union of semi-states, and not waiting for their eventual "puppetization." But this is possible only as a result of a speedy system of regulated access for foreign private capital upon the guarantee of priorities and the support of domestic entrepreneurialism.

With such a view of things, the regional policy in the near future should be built upon the following principles: -- The transfer from the center to the regional level of the burden of economic policies. It is at these regional levels where the leadership can carry such policies out more successfully taking into account local conditions. -- Support of the authority of the center, which would include representatives of the regions. -- Concentration of efforts of the central powers in the field of ensuring human rights to individuals, in foreign policy, science, highway transportation and defense. -- The retention of a mechanism of interregional redistribution of resources.

-- Creation of a legal system whereby foreign investment in priority branches and regions is welcomed. -- Execution of a complete program of regional investment projects for all regions and large cities of Russia.


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