Russian oligarchs repelled the first onslaught of the Kremlin

Following the meeting of the owners of metallurgical and chemical companies with the presidential aide, Andrei Belousov, it was decided that 513 billion rubles should not be paid. The size of the "tribute" fell to 200-300 billion rubles under the sauce "investment in infrastructure."
The government will not impose additional taxes on export-oriented companies, but is going to discuss investments with them in "priority investment projects," presidential aide Andrei Belousov said after a meeting with representatives of major companies on Friday. According to him, he is counting on investments of 200-300 billion rubles. per year, but "there will not be any compulsory actions to push companies into projects".

The government will not raise taxes on companies that benefited from the weakening of the ruble, First Deputy Prime Minister, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov and the original author of this idea, the presidential aide Andrei Belousov, announced on the results of the meeting on Friday. As Kommersant reported, in mid-August he proposed to collect 500 billion rubles. taxes from export companies, the economy of which was positively affected by the weakening of the ruble. In this form, such an idea was not supported in the government.

On Friday, representatives of ten major companies, including SIBUR, MMK, Polyus, Severstal, NLMK, Evraz and Mechel, attended the meeting attended by Messrs. Siluanov and Belousov, as well as the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov. , ALROSA, "Uralkhim and Akron."

Following the meeting, Andrei Belousov said that by the middle of October the working group "will determine the directions of involving the business in the state agenda". Anton Siluanov specified that the question is that the state "will prompt interesting directions for investments", but the money from the companies "will not be seized and redistributed". At the same time, the government is ready to discuss incentives for investment, in particular, special interest contracts, subsidizing loan rates, concessions, and also the issuance of infrastructure bonds. The head of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, Alexander Shokhin, in his turn, noted the need to "agree on the mechanism of the SPIC 2.0 in the near future".

Andrei Belousov said that he hopes to attract 200-300 billion rubles to important investment projects. from these companies, while naming the figure of 500 billion rubles. as an upper bound. "There are no compulsory actions to" push "the business into the implementation of such projects," Mr. Beloussov explained, "but, of course, it will be interesting for society and the government to see how much the business is ready to put a shoulder in the implementation of such a public agenda." Speaking about the financial scale of such projects, he mentioned that the weakening of the ruble by 10 rubles. 700 million rubles for non-oil-exporting companies. additional revenue. But, he stressed, "the word" withdrawal "in such a condom sense never stood."

Alexander Shokhin noted that "we discussed the plan of actions of joint authorities and businesses to intensify the investment activity of companies, and first of all we are talking about how companies in their investment plans and intentions implement the priorities reflected in the May presidential decree." According to him, "we agreed that we will look for effective tools and determine the list of projects in order to interest businesses in the implementation of these projects, but not at the expense of the development interests of the companies themselves." Today's agreement provides an opportunity to include in the orbit of this dialogue a wider range of companies that are interested in state support for investments, Mr. Shokhin said. It can be not only about large companies, but also about any other investors and even individuals. "We even agreed that a number of state companies could join this working group by offering their projects, meaning that state-owned companies are often connected with infrastructure, implementing infrastructure priorities, and we would be interested to see what they can attract private investors" , - he added.