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How has the economy under Putin?

The economy of Vladimir Putin as the country has changed in 18 years?If you believe the odious bloggers and the media, Russia is a backward country where nothing is done, science
degraded, and people very often drunkards and thieves. However, this stereotype is imposed on us by malicious parasites…

 

How the country has changed in 18 years of Putin’s presidency

 The Author – Oleg Isachenko

These holidays quietly slipped really important date is 18 years since Putin took over the Russian state. Date one is not officially noted, and yet it is a good occasion to sum up the intermediate results. Because during this time Russia was able to once again become the world’s breadbasket, as in tsarist times, and even one and a half times increased industrial production. What else has changed?

In the last days of December, the experts summed up the results, but was limited to only 17 last year. And here it is impossible not to agree with the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, contributing in particular its economic success, as Russia emerged from two years of recession, for the first 10 months, the GDP growth amounted to 1.6 percent .

However, the 18th year will be, first and foremost, an election year at the Federal level. But because it would be much more interesting to look at more deep retrospectivethan one year. For example, to consider what positive shifts and changes have occurred in Russia since then, in March 2000, for the first time a President was elected Vladimir Putin.

However, as we know, in the status of acting President, Putin headed the country a bit earlier – December 31, 1999.

 

Economics for 18 years broke important records

Yes, the last few years in the economy was quite challenging considering the sanctions standoff between the West and Russia and the financial crisis, many consequences of which we feel till now. This crisis, however, for the most part overcome, the sanctions used, and in the long term seen serious progress.

It is necessary to highlight the two economic indicators, which for our country in the 90s was very painful – a huge national debt and matching it to inflation. Over the last 18 years in this direction failed to make a huge breakthrough. Debt declined during this time as much as 22.7 times, with 69.1 per cent of GDP in 2000 to 3.1% in 2016. Inflation has also managed to win. In 2000, she was 20.2%, while in 2006 for the first time in the modern history of Russia fell below 10%, and as of 4 December 2017 and does reached a record 2.5% in annual terms.

Declined for 18 years, and the unemployment rate. This figure was reduced from 10.6% to 5.2% of the economically active population, reached a historic low for our country. For clarity, it should be noted that in the European Union (for which unemployment in recent years, the General theme is sick) it is 7.4%, in the Euro area was 8.8%, France – 9.7%, in Austria – by 9.4%, Italy was 11.1%, in Spain – 16,38%, Montenegro – more than 20%, Greece – 21%.

At the same time, Russia managed to increase their foreign exchange reserves. During the reporting period, the international reserves of the country increased more than 30 – fold from 12 to 378 billion dollars. The General health of the economy has contributed to the growth of its investment appeal. Even against the background of difficulties in recent years due to sanctions pressure, the overall volume of investments increased more than 2.5 times.

If these indicators for someone to look in the abstract, what could be more real than the industrial growth? And he 2000-2017 years has been significant. Russian industry demonstrated production increase by 55.4%.

Not far behind, and agriculture, which many liberal economists somehow never ceased to designate the collapse of almost every year. However, the grain yield has almost doubled from 65.4 million tons in 2000 to 140 million tons in 2017. Moreover, the result of the past year and is absolutely a breakthrough, as the record was broken 40 years ago (127.4 million tons in 1978). Russia is again the biggest exporter of wheat in the world, she has regained the title of one of the leading suppliers of grain on world markets, which was occupied even before the First world war.

Animal also showed significant gains. Nearly doubled pork production (from 2.2 million tonnes in 2000 to 4.4 million tons in 2016), 1.3 times, eggs (from 24.2 to 34.4 billion pieces), 6 times poultry meat (from 1.1 million tons to 6.2 million tons).

 

 

Was a successful military reform

As stated by the newspaper LOOK President of the Center for strategic communications Dmitry Abzalov, in these 18 years the success of the economy, in particular the military-industrial complex, and contributed to the modernization of the armed forces. In addition to the increase of money allowances to the military and a General increase in military spending has undergone a profound reform, the army was equipped with the latest arms and technology. In particular, in 2017, the level of rearmament, was 62%. Thanks to all of this was formed a radically new image of the Russian armed forces, which the international community could see, for example, in Syria.

Another successful area has been the development of information technology, especially in recent years. The level of the Russian programmers is confirmed by the first places in international competitions. In particular, in 2016 the Russians took all three medal places at the world Olympic games on programming.

The development of the IT segment was made possible, first, through basic science, technical school, and secondly, the rapid growth of the domestic market and the achievements of Russian companies in foreign markets. Thirdly, due to the high development of the necessary infrastructure, such as the security of the Internet, in our country, said Abzalov.

Out of demographic pit

Another important sphere of our national life policies. And, perhaps, it was no less a breakthrough than the economy. We all remember the demographic crisis of the 1990-ies. How is the situation now?

Four years ago the country for the first time since 1991 came to a positive natural population growth, which amounted to 25 thousand people. 2000-2016 over the years the birth rate has increased by half. If in 2000 it was 8.6 per 1,000 of the population in 2016- 12,9, and from January to October last year – of 11.6. In 2000, only 29% of Russian families had two children, then in 2016 this figure was 41%. The share of third and subsequent births has grown from 11 to 19%.

The increase in the birth rate contributed to the measures of family support, adopted all these years by the government, such as, for example, the payment of maternity capital.

“According to our expert estimates, the measures that were adopted in 2006, together with the adopted 2011-2012 measures the distance from 2 million to 2.5 million additional births. Without these measures we would, most likely, these results were not”, – said “the Newspaper.ru” the General Director of the Institute for scientific public expertise Sergey Rybalchenko.

To highlight some of the most effective demographic measure difficult – they work as a “package,” says head of the laboratory of demography and migration Ranepa Alla Mackenzie.

“If we talk about the last years, it rather is the reduction of turns in kindergartens and the first steps in the direction of make available the nursery and to establish a balance between work and raising children – all services related to the care of children,” she said.

A huge role in increasing the birth rate have played a reduction in infant mortality. A set of measures in the health sector, including the opening of perinatal centres, resulted in 2.6 times to reduce its risk. In 2000, the infant mortality rate was 15.3 per 1,000 births, and in 2017 and 5.3. And this is historical low for our country. By the way, in the United States in 2016, this figure was 5.8 in Europe – 6,64, Ukraine – 8, Georgia is 15.6.

Another important aspect of demographic policy was the increase in life expectancy, which, incidentally, also remains an important indirect incentive to increase the birth rate. Overall life expectancy for the years 2000-2016 increased by 6.6 years and reached 71.9 years. And in 2017 for the first time in the history of our country reached the level of 72.6 years.

It is important to note that the mortality rate from circulatory diseases between 2007 and 2016 was reduced to 1.37 times (from 846 per 100 thousand people in 2000 to 616 in 2016). During this same time, the mortality rate in road accidents has fallen in 1,8 times: from 27 to 15 per 100 thousand population.

 

 

Medicine has become more high-tech

The increase in natural growth and life expectancy and reducing infant mortality is impossible without qualitative changes in the medical field, and it is not only the opening of perinatal centres. Public health funding from 2000 to 2017 in real terms has increased almost 3 times, and in par – c 204,5 billion in 2000 to almost three trillion in 2017.

The state Duma has established a cash transfer at birth of first child. If you know of people for whom such payment may be decisive from the point of view of planning the birth of children?

Naturally, the increase in financing contributed to the improvement of equipment of medical institutions. In 2011-2013 they were delivered 389,7 thousand units of various medical equipment. In the end only for three years the equipment of medical institutions increased 2.5 times. Accordingly, there were development of high-tech medical care. The number of patients who received such assistance in 2005-2017 years increased by 16 times: from 60 thousand to more than 960 thousand patients.

Health an important factor is the creation of high-tech medical centers, says Dmitry Abzalov. If used for high-tech medical care had to go to Moscow in recent years centres have appeared in many Federal districts that have substantially improved the infrastructure, he said.

There is extensive free clinical examination, which also contributes to improvement of the population. The number of people who have passed, from 2008 to 2015 increased 3.9-fold, from 5.8 million to 22.5 million.

In addition, significantly updated Park of sanitary vehicles (2307 cars in 2016, another 1446 in 2017). This was to improve traditionally difficult situation of health facilities in rural areas. Since 2000, the villages put in place more than 5 thousand medical units, of which 369 in 2017.

 

 

 There is no more Queuing in kindergarten

Not only the health of the population in the last 18 years, began to improve, but his literacy. And to start here is with the increasing access to education.

Over the years, was almost completely eliminated queues in kindergartens. Since 2012, created about 800 thousand places in kindergartens. In the end, the coverage of children with preschool educational institutions has risen from 64.6 per cent in 2014, virtually up to 100% in 2017.

Improvements were made and the quality of education. In particular, last year was a record for the number of the students on the exam the maximum 300 points, and the number of those who have not overcome the minimum threshold on the exam, on the contrary, decreased by half. Furthermore, if in 2001, the Russian elementary school students occupied 16-e a place in an international study of reading literacy, in 2016, already has climbed to the top.

 

 

Were increased and spending on science. The financing of civil science from the Federal budget increased almost 20 times (from 17.4 billion in 2000 to almost 350 billion in 2017) and funding for basic research – 14 times (8.2 to 117,5 billion). All this has contributed to the increase in the number of young researchers (under 39 years). Since 2000 their number has increased 1.5 times and now accounts for 43% of the total number of researchers.

In addition to the education and science of attention and culture. For example, we opened a number of new museums. Between 2001 and 2016 the number of public and private museums in the country increased from 2742 to 2027, while museums began to take a much more visitors from 476 to 857 visits per 1,000 population.

It was also observed the increasing interest in art among children. The number of children enrolled in the schools of arts has increased by 234 thousand people in ten years, and in 2015 exceeded 1.5 million.

The most important factor in all of these achievements in economic development, including inward investment, was political stability, says Dmitry Abzalov. Although played a large role and changes in the price of oil during these years, he said, was important and the chosen economic course, aimed the development of specific industries, such as defense industry, IT segment or agriculture, concluded the expert.

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