The Russian government has taken the new steps to put state corporate purchases in shadow. The largest share of these (according to the information of the Ministry of Economic Development) is already taking place without any alternative, when the contracts are given to the specific "known" contractors.

Head of the Cabinet Dmitry Medvedev issued a decree that allows the state companies to hide information about the sides of the contracts. The total value of the said deals is more than 10 trillion rubles per year.

According to the decree, from this moment the state corporations will be able to publish the impersonal data if they see fit. Information about subcontracting organizations – the outsourcing companies, will not be disclosed.

The measure is said to be temporary up until July 1, 2018. It is very strange that such a bill is adopted for only six months, especially as it contains an "annual" period of calculations. Most likely, the statement that this bill is just a temporary act is only a cover-up for the true goals. When adopted, the law might be subsequently extended for up to unlimited period.

On the background of the bill's adoption, there is the official statement of the Ministry of Economic Development which recognizes that over 96 percent of state corporations' purchases in 2016 were held without alternatives! It is going to be impossible to maintain public control over state purchases, which means that it is going to be much easier to steal.

While Russian propaganda is laughing at Western politicians and their confidence about Russia's ability to interfere in foreign elections, Kremlin's political elite keeps telling people scary tales about the external threat. The government machine keeps inventing new labels and laws intended to crush the opposition and dissent. But it is starting to look like the elite needs this new "iron curtain" to protect their own money sources, and fuel this "schizophrenia", rather than to uphold the honor and democracy of Russia.

This week, the government published a planned initiative which introduces a new type of political label in addition to already existing ones like foreign agents, undesirable organizations and political extremists. The Federation Council is currently working on the "Black Book of illegal interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states". This "book" will include all foreign physical and legal entities which have represented any threat to the sovereignty of Russia in a period of 2000-2018.

The "Black Book" may also include the personal data – first and last names of people who are, according to the senators, responsible for such threat. Another idea is to create the so-called "board of shame" with a list of everyone who harmed the Russian sovereignty.

In addition to the "board of shame" and the "Black Book", the senators intend to start designing the laws that do not allow the interference in Russia's internal affairs. This "interference in Russia's internal affairs" is a new term that is to be enshrined in country's legislation. The senators, deputies will be held responsible for conducting the official investigations in any of those cases.

The Interim Commission of the Federation Council, established last summer, includes nine senators. These people are absolutely sure that the West may take an active part in the election of the Russian president. But does anyone have doubts that it is going to be Putin?

When seeing a shooting star, do not rush to make a wish. Maybe it's just one of the Russian satellites that did not reach an orbit and crashed. It would almost be funny if it wasn't so sad.  Another space accident became publicly known. On November 28, the Space Head Module of Soyuz-2.1b rocket failed to reach an orbit and crashed after launching from the Vostochny launch site. 19 satellites carried by the rocket to work in space were lost. According to some sources, the satellites burned down in the atmosphere, while others claim that they managed to reach the surface and fell into the ocean.

The head of the branch of state corporation Roskosmos at Vostochny launch site Konstantin Chmarov commented on the incident. He reassured the public that the extremely dangerous substance heptyl has completely burned in the atmosphere. He also stated the positive moments, saying that some of the rocket's modules worked correctly. Then he started a long speech, boasting the successes, significance, and beauty of the cosmodrome.

The cause of the rocket's crash has been called the human factor, a mistake. Officials prefer not to talk about the systemic crisis in the industry. Everything is in a working order. But do we need an order like that?

The recording of Konstantin Chmarov's interview to the regional edition of Amur.Info.

Yesterday the Kompromat-Ural website has published a new investigation headlined "Gavrilych, open a purse!», dedicated to the activities of deputy Nikolai Brykin. The journalists wonder why this quite an infamous deputy of the Duma is willing to strain every nerve, not for the good of the common people, but for settling the issues of an individual billionaire, an owner of a license-deprived bank Yugra, not fearing for his reputation even among his fellow members of the party.

His entire effort to protect the oligarch goes against the official position of the Russian authorities. It's hard to believe that Brykin, considering all we know about him, including the facts described in the series of publications in my blog, has suddenly decided to join the opposition as the defender of the offended and oppressed. Unlikely, his actions rather smell bribery and criminal "fixing". Below is the Kompromat-Ural's article without editing.

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We would like to speak again about Russia's economic indicators, which clearly depict the inefficiency of the current political and economic course. According to the Center for Macroeconomic Analysis and Short-term Forecasting (CMASF), the economic results of the third quarter of this year show a great increase in the number of bankrupt companies.  The previous quarter, with the season factor taken into account, showed three percent growth, and by the third quarter of 2016, the growth was twelve percent. It is worth noting that the bankruptcy numbers have been growing for the fourth consecutive quarter and already exceeded the highest values of the crisis in 2015.

 The main reasons for this negative process are: a gradual catastrophic decrease of the real income values for the fourth consecutive year (12 quarters); the policy of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, which implies a slow decrease in the key rate; extremely low investment activity.

As for the branches of the economy, the worst situation is in construction. And this is happening despite the reductions in mortgage rates, which should have been the motivator for the growth in the industry. The number of bankrupt construction companies has reached the historic level in September of this year (242 organizations). Trade holds the second place of this anti-rating, the third one is occupied by the food industry. It is not that hard to guess that the whole pedestal exists primarily because of extremely low incomes of the population, and as a result, extremely low consumer demand.

It is hard for the people, it is difficult for business, but it's good only for the clans of politicians and silovik officials who hold the power.

Ural Conservatory professor has published a photo depicting another example of how deeply the Russian government cares about the people, culture, and education. Professor Sergei Beloglazov explained that he did not aim for a salary increase nor was he looking for the comforting words for himself. This way he decided to loudly demonstrate his struggle against the total decline of the Russian liberal arts education.

Professor’s salary in a month counted less than 4 thousand rubles. The subsistence minimum in Sverdlovsk region is 10,865 rubles a month. It is unclear how can a professor survive, given that the salary is his primary source of income. Indeed, today's Russian science, culture, and education seem to survive, not thanks to but in spite of the actions of the government.

Independence of judges and their responsibility exclusively before the legislative system is guaranteed by the Constitution of Russia as a basis of justice and security. In practice, however, such independence means something entirely different, being transformed into complete arbitrariness and impunity.  

The lack of external control is already a factor for corruption, allowing beneficial legal interpretations based on personal convictions and motives. One of the first examples here is the differences between the levels of punishment for the same crime ranging from the lightest to the most severe. Unlike Great Britain, for example, where the case law system is being used for almost a thousand years already, the Russian Federation decided to go its own way by reinventing the wheel. Every case is considered independently, using an individual approach without taking other similar cases into account. However this approach does not guarantee justice, since the same act of crime is punished in a different way, up to the point when one criminal receives a suspended sentence and freedom, while the other gets the maximum possible penalty. This kind of an individual approach has already allowed some of the high-ranking Russian dirty officials to come out with their hands clean, instead of receiving a prison term.

But this could have had an easy solution, if it wasn't just part of the problem. The real troubles lie deeper and are more global.

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