IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/a/gai/recdev/86.html
   My bibliography  Save this article

The Political and Economic Results of February 2013

Author

Listed:
  • Sergey Zhavoronkov

    (Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy)

Abstract

February saw yet another flare-up in the ongoing turf war between economic clans, first of all be¬tween Ivan Sechin’s and Arkady Dvorkovich’s groups of influence. The latest flare-up was so strong that it even spilled over into Russia’s state-owned TV channels. Thus, in one of its programs aired in February, the TV channel Russia showed some openly anti-Dvorkovich footage. Nevertheless, Dvorkovich still felt himself at ease, being in fact the main moderator speaking on behalf of those in the state apparatus who are displeased with Sechin’s desire to take the reins of yet another com¬pany in addition to Rosneft and Rosneftegaz. As far as this turf war was concerned, Putin was able to keep himself above the fray: he aptly maneuvered, alternatively criticizing representatives of one and then the other of these groups, and signing directives in their favor. The President’s policy was apparently aimed at maintaining the delicate balance of power within his inner circle. At the same time, the law-enforcement authorities increased pressure on the businesses deemed to be friendly to Dvorkovich. Also, Russia’s mass media widely reported on the anti-corruption campaign, showing a confusing mixture of anti-opposition materials and documentaries aimed against some representa¬tives of the party of power. In the process, they did their utmost to depict Putin and the power struc¬tures as objective and unbiased arbitrators. Apart from their positive PR impact, such campaigns usually have a palpably negative impact by increasing the number of conflicts within the ‘vertical of power’.

Suggested Citation

  • Sergey Zhavoronkov, 2013. "The Political and Economic Results of February 2013," Russian Economic Developments, Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy, issue 3, pages 5-8, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:gai:recdev:86
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: http://www.iep.ru/files/RePEc/gai/recdev/86Zhavoronkov.pdf
    Download Restriction: no

    More about this item

    Keywords

    The Political Results; Economic Results; February 2013;

    JEL classification:

    • K0 - Law and Economics - - General
    • K1 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law
    • K4 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior
    • D73 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Bureaucracy; Administrative Processes in Public Organizations; Corruption
    • D74 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances; Revolutions

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:gai:recdev:86. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Victor Hugues). General contact details of provider: http://edirc.repec.org/data/gaidaru.html .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.