State Duma Deputy on Support to Russians During Pandemic: They are Short of Money for Bread

State Duma Deputy on Support to Russians During Pandemic: They are Short of Money for Bread

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Entrepreneurs whose business activity does not fall into a certain ECVED (Russian Classification of Economic Activities) category will not get state support, says State Duma deputy Oleg Shein. In this regard, he believes that the support measures specified by President Putin are not enough.

On May 11, Vladimir Putin once again addressed the Russians with several important statements. For example, he specified new measures of state support for the residents in the context of COVID-19 pandemic and announced that the period of “non-working days” will be over soon.

At the same time, President Putin added that there will be a thorough assessment of the epidemiological situation in the country’s regions. Therefore, it will be the regional governors who will have to make the final decision on lifting the restrictions. Oleg Shein, a State Duma deputy from A Just Russia party faction, has analyzed Vladimir Putin's speech, traditionally passing critical remarks on the President’s decisions.

Inadequate Support Measures

Shein published a post on his Facebook account with the main messages voiced by Russian President. First of all, he drew attention to expanding support for families with children. It is worth recalling that according to the innovations announced by Putin, families with children under the age of 3 should receive 5,000 rubles ($68.62) for each child in April, May, and June. Pursuant to the President’s speech, the government has already issued a relevant resolution. Families with children aged 3-16 years will get a one-time payment of 10,000 rubles ($137.23) from the state. This money was promised to Russians in June.

Among other things, self-employed entrepreneurs who suffered from the pandemic were promised tax exemptions. Those who will manage to keep jobs for their employees in these difficult times will get an opportunity to apply for zero loans to pay salaries to their employees. Despite all this, Shein considers the measures voiced by the Russian leader to be insufficient. Therefore, he criticized the Russian authorities in his traditional manner.

“Russians are Short of Money for Bread”

According to Oleg Shein, Vladimir Putin's address to the Russians did not contain the most important thing that the whole country actually expected. That is, the support measures for the working class people. “To put it simply, if a person hasn't signed an official contract and eventually he or she lost the job, the only thing this person can count on during this period is a minimum unemployment benefit of 1,500 rubles ($20.58) per month,” said Shein. “It is impossible to subsist on this money.”

Entrepreneurs whose business activity does not fall into a certain ECVED (Russian Classification of Economic Activities) category will not get state support, reminds Shein. In this regard, he believes that the support measures mentioned by Russian President are not enough. Moreover, he predicts that the situation will get worse and will affect people’s welfare further.

“It is fraught with consequences,” summed up Shein. “People who find themselves in poverty will look for any possible income because they are already short of money for bread. If they are not given the money, the period of self-isolation might not simply work, and the epidemic will last much longer. As a result, the government will have to pay much more money because the self-isolation regime itself might be much longer. In the State Duma, A Just Russia is just trying to achieve solutions to the problems, both social and epidemiological.”

Direct payments to the Russians are the only way to accelerate the time to overcome the current epidemic and bring the country back to normal life, Shein said in conclusion.

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