Mikhail Khazin, a well-known Russian economist, believes that Anton Siluanov and Elvira Nabiullina’s long-term tenure as top-ranking officials is a sign for the White House that Russia is still unready to become fully independent and to determine its own monetary policy.
Some political scientists, economists and experts from other sectors have long argued that there is a whole liberal network of agents among top-ranking Russian officials and executives. According to them, it is for this reason that an entire set of antisocial measures aimed at general destabilization of the situation in Russia and at the build-up of potential of protest movements is being taken in Russia.
Meanwhile, political scientist Mikhail Khazin believes that some forces in Russia are oriented exclusively at economics. In his opinion, they are working to preserve American influence on Russia's national economy, making this country as vulnerable to the U.S. as possible.
Khazin believes that at the moment, there are people in the Russian government who work directly for the interests of the United States. To his thinking, Elvira Nabiullina, the head of the Central Bank of Russia, and Anton Siluanov, the Minister of Finance, might be among the group. In Khazin’s opinion, these officials are exactly “pro-American top executives,” whose goal is to make Russia as vulnerable to the U.S. as possible. It is with their help that Washington still has the ability to dictate its terms to the Russian President.
Mikhail Khazin believes that Siluanov and Nabiullina’s endurance in the capacity of top-ranking officials is a sign for the White House that Russia is still not ready to become fully independent and determine its own monetary policy.
At the same time, Khazin underlines that the Russian authorities are trying to actively counteract the growth of American influence on the top-management structures and, first of all, on the economic sector. For example, not so long ago Moscow managed to successfully get rid of one of the levers of influence from Washington.
Just a few years ago, Russia was one of the largest creditors of the U.S. Despite all the attempts of liberals in power, Russia managed to get rid of these assets, says Khazin. From now on, Moscow has only 1% of all U.S. government loan securities. That is, Washington has partially lost one of its fairly effective levers of control over Russia. However, the U.S. authorities still have a lot of ways to wield pressure on the Kremlin. Siluanov and Nabiullina are sparing no effort to implement every instruction of their overseas “bosses.” According to Khazin, they are regularly praised by highly influential Western economists for doing so.