Putin discusses Russia’s economy growth with ministersBusiness & Economy September 24, 2:38
Lavrov warns against partition of SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 23, 0:00
Lavrov calls to coordinate Russian, US military action in SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 21:05
Lavrov blames Obama administration for souring Russia-US tiesRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 20:41
Waging war on Korean Peninsula inadmissible, says LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 20:36
Russian Northern Fleet completes drills in ArcticMilitary & Defense September 22, 18:01
OPEC and non-OPEC countries to continue talks on oil production cut dealBusiness & Economy September 22, 17:28
Russian pair figure skaters Kavaguti, Smirnov retire from sportSport September 22, 16:48
Record number of delegations register for St. Petersburg-hosted IPU AssemblyRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 16:47
The Russian government has held a meeting on problems of the national housing and public utilities sector that was overshadowed by a report about multibillion debts in this sphere. The government has admitted that the debts accumulated because of fraud of management companies. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev instructed the local authorities and law enforcement agencies of RF regions to deal with the situation.
According to Medvedev, the utilities’ debt for the earlier consumed resources has increased by 17 percent - up to 100 billion roubles. However, one of the biggest debts has been accumulated in the Moscow Region, the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper reports. Not only low-income people are to blame for that, but also the “crooks” many of whom, according to Medvedev, work in management organisations and resource supplying companies. “A vast number of companies in the country use others’ resources with impunity,” the prime minister said. “These funds disappear or are spent irrationally.”
The main reason for the debt is the bankruptcy of organisations working on leased property, Deputy Regional Development Minister Vladimir Kogan believes: “These organisations do not pay the debts for fuel and electricity. They have leased property. The organisation leases that property to another company, which in two or three years accumulates debts again and again goes bankrupt.” The RF Ministry of Regional Development has prepared a list of 1.8 thousand organisations that are persistent defaulters, the debit indebtedness of which exceeds 10 percent, the Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily writes. Medvedev instructed the leadership of law enforcement agencies to deal with the organisations and management companies that use fraudulent schemes and embezzle the funds allocated for the housing and public utilities sector.