MOSCOW, January 20. In the Kremlin recognize the right of the head of Sberbank German Gref on opinion about the situation in the country, however, will not take a position in a dispute about Russia as “the country of downshifters”.
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“Certainly not join (in the Kremlin) to one camp or another (the parties to the dispute),” said the press Secretary of the head of state, Dmitry Peskov.
He recalled the words of Russian President Vladimir Putin that the panel discussion is “always a positive process, because in this debate there is an exchange of opinions civilized and searched for the truth.” According to the representative of the Kremlin, the discussions are not at all acceptable, if they are in the current government. “In this case such discussions do not occur”, – he stated, Recalling that Gref is not a member of the Cabinet. “He has a right to their point of view, – declared Sand. – However, he heads the financial structure, the largest in the country, and its main task is to protect the interests of the shareholders of this structure. While the main shareholder of this structure is the state.”
Gref: Russia has become downshifters because of the reluctance to engage in the development of technologies
On 15 January at the Gaidar forum, Gref said that Russia “lost the competition”, calling the situation “technological enslavement”. According to the head of Sberbank, the winners are those countries that were able to adapt and invest in technology development. And countries that have not had time to adapt to their own economy, will be much lower. He also urged to stop the “export of brains” from Russia.