The head of the Council of the Foundation “Center for strategic research and former Minister of Finance Alexei Kudrin during his speech at the business forum of Atlanta” in Moscow told about the 1990-ies and his work in this period in the city hall of Saint-Petersburg with the current President of Russia Vladimir Putin.
“The first mayor was then the Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, I then it also worked. We all took care to put the city to a market economy. There was no difference, none of us thought that someone will be the Minister of Finance, Prime Minister or President. We just plowed real, then we were keen to bring the city in as work perfectly in a modern market system,” — quoted Kudrin “RIA Novosti”.
The former Minister noted that the nineties were a time of hope, despite all the difficulties and the fact that many, whether working in companies or in universities, in very different ways they have fate.” “Someone has become rich, someone poor, someone lost something. But then it was very important that we all lived with the expectation that we’ll be able to create a country one of the most advanced”, — he stated.
Kudrin noted that St. Petersburg in the 90s was one of the first Russian cities, the pace of privatization and this, according to ex-Finance Minister, saved him from financial difficulties of those years.
He also spoke positively about the identity of the then mayor of Petersburg Anatoly Sobchak, calling it “one of the most enthusiastic people that, despite all the difficulties, tried to make the country and the city more democratic.”
Speaking about his work in the Russian government in the beginning 2000-x years, Kudrin said that he himself as Minister of Finance, and President Putin, both took up their posts in the spring of 2000), was keen to create a modern market economy “and that something did.”
Alexei Kudrin at the beginning of 1990-ies he worked in the Committee for economic development of St. Petersburg, then headed the main financial administration of St. Petersburg mayor’s office. Since 1993, he was Deputy and first Deputy of Sobchak and a member of the government of St. Petersburg.
Putin, in those same years, the first was an adviser to Sobchak on a post of the Chairman of the Leningrad city Council, then became Chairman of the Committee for external relations of the mayoralty of Petersburg, and in 1994 he was appointed first Deputy Chairman of St. Petersburg government.