The Chairman of the State Duma is confident that some forces abroad are using the economic crisis to shake the political situation in Russia. “Already, we see attempts to slip the disgruntled flag into our hands,” Gryzlov noted and recalled the protest actions in Primorye, where the protesters marched with the Japanese flag.
Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Boris Gryzlov is sure that the causes of the economic crisis in Russia lie abroad. According to the speaker, foreigners specifically use the crisis to undermine the political situation in Russia.
“We are already seeing visible manifestations of political extremism. I’m talking about attempts from inside or from outside - or, most likely, jointly - to shake the country,” said Gryzlov, speaking at a joint meeting of the Supreme and General Councils of United Russia on Thursday.
“Already, we see attempts to slip the disgruntled flag into the hands, only this flag sometimes turns out to be the flag of another country,” Gryzlov noted and recalled the protest actions in Primorye, where the protesters marched with the Japanese flag.He did not cite any other specific examples, but stressed that "we must overcome all these threats."
For the crisis, "prepared the ground for those who, instead of developing the real economy, were engaged in the virtual economy," Gryzlov noted. “The virtual economy was built on a gigantic sector of so-called quasi-monetary funds. The causes of the crisis abroad and these reasons must be eliminated,” the chairman of parliament believes. According to Gryzlov, precisely because of the catastrophe of the virtual economy, "oil for three months falls in price by three to four times."
He also recalled that due to the crisis in the fourth quarter of 2008 in Russia, the decline in industrial production was 6.1%, and in January-February 2009 - 14.6%. And the number of officially registered unemployed in Russia has already exceeded 2 million people. While “according to expert estimates, this figure was quoted by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, - 6 million,” the speaker added.
Speaking about various programs to deal with the crisis, on which United Russia and the government are working, he noted that the emphasis there is primarily on those areas that can be successfully developed within Russia, using its various reserves. In particular, according to Gryzlov, it concerns the construction of housing, domestic tourism, etc.