Money to Caucasus better than war on Caucasus
The Chechen republic has become the first Russian region Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visited as a presidential candidate. At a meeting in the city of Gudermes the Prime Minister reiterated that the development of North Caucasus republics remains one of the priorities for the federal government.
President Dmitry Medvedev came up with the idea of reaching stability on the Caucasus through its economic development. Putin confirmed that this priority stays unchanged for the Kremlin. He harshly criticized those who spread the appeal “Stop feeding the Caucasus!” The Prime Minister noted that this slogan had been recently voiced during his TV call-in talk show. He said that this position is destructive for Russia.
"Let us think what these words: “Stop feeding the Caucasus!” mean. It means that we don’t need to invest into the development of Northern Caucasus in creation of new working places. This will make even greater number of young people from Northern Caucasus go to large cities looking for work and a better life. This naturally implies all the problems linked with migration. What will we do? Should we drive them away? Where will they go to? They will join insurgent groups and the fratricidal war will continue."
This is how Putin dot all the i’s and crossed all the t’s. He also gave an answer to the authors of even more radical proposal namely to separate the Caucasus from Russia and grant its republics full independence.
"The same second it happens than (not the same hour but the same second) we will see those who want to do the same with other national territorial subdivisions of Russia and this would mean the end of Russia."
The situation can be improved through the economic development. The Prime Minister announced plans, which make part of his election program namely - strengthening of the real sector of economy, more even and fair distribution of tax payments between the federal center and the regions, stronger support to small and medium businesses, development of projects, which are attractive for investors. Putin made it clear that all this imply stricter requirements for the regional leaders.
"In their turn the regions should get involved in the implementation of all these projects more actively. The position of the observers who stay away is inadmissible."
At a meeting in Gudermes Putin and the regional leaders announced that by now 44 economic projects had been approved. Their implementation will create 17,000 working places in Northern Caucasus. In the coming three years the projects worth more than 400 billion rubles will be implemented in the region.