MOSCOW, September 23 (Itar-Tass) — For the last ten years businesspeople ceased to behave as timeservers, otherwise, they are taking more and more socially responsible decisions, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said at the workshop devoted to partnership and justice in the civil society during a United Russia party congress here on Friday.
“It (psychology) has changed greatly for the last ten years. I am speaking about it with the full knowledge and responsibility,” the prime minister said. “I was really glad of the attitude of business during the economic crisis,” the premier said. Putin recalled that some businesspeople came and stated about their readiness to pass their business into state property, but far from all were ready to agree on nationalization. “We embarked on another path – helped to survive,” the prime minister said. “The overwhelming majority of the business captains, as they are usually called, were ready to sacrifice their private property for the salvation of enterprises and jobs. The readiness to take a risk for the sake of their business was obvious for me,” he said. The prime minister noted that this fact points to qualitative changes in the business and its attitude to the society.
Putin expressed confidence that the business and the authorities should take vigorous joint actions to help Russian entrepreneurship to survive on domestic and world markets.
The prime minister also noted that small business turned out to be in a special situation, because it is much harder for it to settle all problems, which emerge with high-level officials, therefore, they are seeking more frequently to find the way out from a tricky situation through giving bribes to the bureaucrats. The psychology of people should be changed in this issue, the prime minister pointed out. “The bureaucratic staff makes part of our people. They were not brought to us from another planet or another galaxy,” the premier remarked. Therefore, the idea about the inevitable punishment for such actions should be propagated among people and the intolerance to this kind of behavior should be cultivated.