All the previous week, the Kremlin claimed that the regime of self-isolation does not apply to the President. As explained Dmitry Peskov, for it is “a relative concept”, because the President does not live in his apartment, and in the state residences, and they also work. 24 March, Putin went to the “coronavirus” hospital in Kommunarka, and on March 26 was held a meeting with representatives of the business community in Novo-Ogarevo. However, starting with this week’s GDP and millions of Russians, switched to remote work. Now he is not in contact not only with ordinary citizens, even members of the government.
Dmitry Peskov morning told reporters that the traditional meeting with Ministers this time will be held remotely, as everyone will be in his office and communicating via videoconference. In this format, Putin to the coronavirus usually opened new production lines or any objects in the regions. For example, running a power bridge to Crimea. Also in the form of a videoconference was organized the recent meeting of heads of state of the countries “Big twenty”, dedicated to the fight against the pandemic. Dmitry Peskov said that the journalists will be able to see the meeting live. No private part was not originally envisaged. However, in the end of the live broadcast refused: the meeting of the Cabinet was cut into pieces and steel parts show on television only a few hours after it ended. At the same time, judging by the picture, in addition to Vice-premiers and Ministers in it have taken part the head of the presidential administration Anton Vaino, assistant to GDP on economic issues and Maxim Oreshkin, Dmitry Peskov. They were out of the situation center in the Kremlin.
At the beginning of the meeting Vladimir Putin said that the move to remote mode forced situation, which remains very tense. “But on the quality of our joint activities, this should not affect”, — he stressed. However, even on the first frame it was obvious that the mood of the head thstate bad and he was clearly thinking about something else — perhaps about some kind of important decision that we all must learn. Mikhail Mishustin, in turn, has told that is already made by the government to support citizens and the economy. It is primarily changes in laws that will allow you to automatically renew monthly payments on kids, remotely to make the hospital, based on the amount not less than the minimum wage, increase the size of unemployment benefits, to ease the process of bankruptcy, etc
On business the Prime Minister has repeatedly said at different meetings in the White house. Know about the decisions the President: this topic, in particular, is very emotionally discussed at his meeting with businessmen. However, Mikhail Mishustin said it again: small and medium business will receive a deferral of taxes (except VAT), and micro-enterprises and by insurance premiums. For FNS imposed a direct ban until may 1 to send to companies operating in the most affected sectors of the economy (catering, domestic services, hotels, airlines, etc.), requirements for payment of taxes. “All small businesses operating in these industries will also have six months to defer payments on loans. A government decree will be signed soon,” said Mishustin. The second package of measures, he said, will include regulations on commercial leases. As you know, the payments for Federal property deferral has been entered, however, a removed area from private owners. So. “Measures to combat the spread of coronavirus can be considered as force majeure under the lease,” he reassured the small business Prime. However, this is an extreme case. The authorities hope that the owners agree to lower rates or introduce a deferral of the lease payments in exchange for lower property taxes. Also in the second package, a small business, according to mishustina, will have the right temporarily to pay fines and penalties for non-payment of utility bills. On and off them for that light and warmth will not be: the government will impose a direct prohibition.
the Prime Minister also has told, how is the order of the President on the taxation of dividends that rich Russians are offshored (the tax is proposed to charge at the rate of 15% instead of 2%). “We started with Cyprus. The government of the Republic sent a letter about changing the agreement to avoid double taxation,” he said, adding that the next steps will be prepared by April 24.
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