“The worst is yet to come,” said economist Mikhail Khazin. “The sabotage of Putin's instructions that we observed in spring has every chance to occur again. Moreover, if there is the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and corresponding restrictions, its scale is likely to be even more enormous.”
The fact that the COVID-19 pandemic and the respective restrictions are causing any problems for the authorities is nothing more but a superficial impression. In fact, the situations of this kind furnish the ruling elites with a great opportunity to spend billions of federal money under the pretext of allocating budget funds to resolve the issue and provide financial assistance to people.
Although the Russians managed to survive the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic without any critical effects, the consequences might be more difficult for people and the authorities if the epidemiological situation repeats itself and a new lockdown is imposed. Notably, this will be largely due to the actions of the Russian elites who are likely to make an attempt to rob the country once again right before the collapse of the liberal system.
Russian Elites Might Frame Putin if Lockdown is Imposed Again
In case of a new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and further weakening of the ruble, the Russian elites, the majority of which are the so-called liberals, are going to drain even more money from the Russian budget than previously. Chances are the funds will be withdrawn abroad. This claim was made by Mikhail Khazin, a Russian economist, on the air of Aurora radio. In other words, he believes that “the Russian elites are likely to set Putin up if the self-isolation regime is imposed once again.” “They might continue sabotaging his instructions to provide financial aid to the Russians and to stabilize the situation,” said Khazin.
He believes that this kind of behavior on the part of the Russian elite is based on the fact that the former model of Russian society has already entered the final stage of its destruction. The officials, who still manage to hold their positions, understand only too well that their sway is limited and they will be dismissed from power soon enough. This means they will not be able to lead the mode of life they have long got used to.
According to Khazin, change of the current model of society and the ruling elites will be objective. To his thinking, no matter how much the liberals from the elites will be eager to stay in power.
“An economic crisis is a very objective phenomenon,” Khazin said. “Against it even the elite that have corresponding reins of power, cannot oppose almost anything that might help noticeably change the situation. In this regard, they only should lead the process of final degradation and destruction of the capitalist system and make a final attempt to get as many resources at their disposal as possible.”
At the same time, Khazin believes that there is virtually no chance of improving the situation. In his opinion, in the future the socio-economic situation in Russia is likely to aggravate.
“The worst is yet to come,” said Khazin. “That sabotage of Putin's instructions that we observed in spring, has every chance to occur again. Moreover, if there is the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and corresponding restrictions, its scale is likely to be even more enormous.”
According to Khazin, chances are the scenario will be standard in this case. The top-ranking liberals might simply try to redirect the money that the government allocates to help people, to their pockets. However, if in spring the Russian residents still had some spare money that allowed them to survive the first wave of the pandemic with minimal losses, then if situation repeats the crisis might hit them much harder. In this case, the situation is likely to turn out to be much worse than that which the Russians managed to survive not so long ago, said Khazin.