Daniil Nametkin Department for Expert Analytics
Binbank has asked the Bank of Russia to consider resolving it through the Banking Sector Consolidation Foundation. The decision to go ahead with the resolution means that the cost of saving the bank is estimated to be lower than the expenses of paying all the insurance compensations and the direct losses from the domino effect among the bank's creditors. "On the whole, the most optimistic estimates suggest that resolving Binbank will require between RUB 100 and RUB 150 billion," Analytical Center expert Daniil Nametkin commented on the situation in an interview for the Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
Oleg Kolobov Department for Fuel and Energy Sector
Oleg Kolobov, Expert of the Analytical Center, commented on the situation with creation of technological test sites in Russia to the Oil & Gas Vertical magazine. "The international experience in test sites development shows a significant role of the government, but this role may decrease over time," explains Mr Kolobov. "Government is critical for certification of developed technologies, protection of intellectual property, and provision with non-discriminatory access to test sites."
Vladislav Onishchenko Deputy Head
The First Deputy Head of the Analytical Center, Vladislav Onishchenko, told RBC how Russia is implementing the digital transformation of its economy, what professions will be in demand in the future, what the risks of the transformation are, and how these risks were taken into account in the development of the Digital Economy Program.
Victoria Gimadi Department for Fuel and Energy Sector
Power and heat supplies to isolated territories of the Russian Federation, which comprise about 20 percent of the country's area, are 5–6 times more expensive for the resource providers, but even this does not guarantee continuous power supply, as the Rossiyskaya Gazeta correspondents write, referring to the energy bulletin of the Analytical Center.
Nurali Rezvanov Adviser to Head of the Analytical Center
A new innovative medical cluster is to appear in the Malokarachaevsky district of the Karachay-Cherkess Republic; the new cluster will feature cutting edge innovative technologies. "The work to design the new medical cluster will get fully underway this year," Adviser to the Head of the Analytical Center Nurali Rezvanov commented in an interview for a RIA Karachaevo-Cherkessia correspondent.
Evgeniy Kislyakov Deputy Head
"The Government has decided how it is going to build the management system for its Digital Economy of Russia program," writes the Kommersant newspaper. "A new government resolution has assigned the functions of the project management office for the implementation of the program to the Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation while a new autonomous non-profit organization called Digital Economy is to be established as the body in charge of creating work groups and competencies centers as well as interaction with business."
Irina Pominova Department for Fuel and Energy Sector
According to experts, the export of Russian coal is beginning to grow. Thus, Russia is already among the top three coal suppliers to China, being outplayed only by its main competitors—Australia and Indonesia. "Our coal is quite competitive in terms of production costs, but the current center — the Kuzbass Region and the Kemerovo Oblast — is very remote from the ports both in the East and in the West," Irina Pominova, an expert of the Analytical Center, commented on this situation to the Russia 24 television channel.
Tatiana Radchenko Deputy Head
Foreign Automakers Need to Meet Production Localization Requirements if they Want to Get Benefits and Tax Exemptions
It will make more business sense for global automakers to establish assembly plants in Russia and export cars assembled here to other countries. The Ministry of Economic Development of Russia has drafted a new production localization formula to promote it, the Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports.
Natalia Safina Department for Expert Analytics
The government is resuming its program of offering help to mortgage borrowers. The maximum amount of financial aid offered for each restructured mortgage is 30% of the remaining principal balance (but no more than RUB 1.5 million), which should allow over 1,300 families to pay off what they owe the banks and hold on to their residence. A total of RUB 2 billion has been allocated to the program. "This can only partially improve the situation with foreign currency-denominated loans," the Analytical Center's expert Natalia Safina told a Rossiyskaya Gazeta correspondent.
Evgeniy Kislyakov Deputy Head