Mikhail Delyagin, a well-known Russian economist, journalist and politician, underlines that the situation was aggravated by the fact that in recent years, embezzlement policy in Russia had become almost a national idea for every person in power who could use his or her rank.
In general, many experts believe that struggle for power in the Russian elites is getting increasingly fierce, especially against the backdrop of the upcoming power transit, the format of which has not yet been completely outlined. Recently, the political reality of the internal situation in Russia has been generating fundamentally new rules of the game. Even for an entire army of political scientists it might be difficult to understand them, no matter how brilliant their forecasting talents are.
For example, some experts say that Russia's ruling elites are "drawing into behind-the-scenes struggle" over the right to inherit power from Vladimir Putin. Supposedly, he is likely to quit big politics in an attempt to gain as many levers of influence and key positions in the new power structure as possible. But others have a slightly different viewpoint.
For example, Mikhail Delyagin believes that given the growing global and Russian economic crisis, the liberal elites in the country are unlikely to fight for power at all. According to him, they are going to sponge on everything in Russia and on its residents. In doing so, at the moment of the climax and a real economic disaster, they might just run away from the country, taking all the spoils with them. "The Russian elites are going to flee the country," Delyagin said on the air of the Moscow-based Aurora radio.
According to Mikhail Delyagin, this might be the main plan for representatives of the Russian “offshore aristocracy.” Moreover, he believes that the greed of the Russian liberals in plundering the remainders of Russia's public and state wealth is caused by the fact that the vast majority of the political elite will never be able to accumulate the same amount of money as they might steal in Russia anywhere else.
In addition, Delyagin underlines that the situation was aggravated by the fact that in recent years, the embezzlement policy in Russia had become almost a national idea for every person in power who could use their rank and position for personal enrichment and the creation of "escape hatches" far outside the country.