What else is of fundamental importance? All the years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the West did not stop trying to set fire to the post-Soviet states and, most importantly, finally finish off Russia as the largest surviving part of our historical State space. They encouraged and incited international terrorists against us, provoked regional conflicts along the perimeter of our borders, ignored our interests and used means of economic deterrence and suppression.
And big Russian business – why I say all this – is responsible for the work of strategic enterprises, for thousands of labour collectives, determines the socio-economic situation in many regions, which means the state of affairs: when the leaders and owners of such a business find themselves dependent on governments that pursue an unfriendly policy towards Russia, poses a great threat to us, a danger – a danger to our country. Such a situation cannot be tolerated.
Yes, everyone has a choice: someone wants to live out his life in an arrested mansion with blocked accounts, tries to find a place, it would seem, in an attractive Western capital or in a resort, in another warm place abroad – this is the right of any person, we don’t even try it. But it’s time to understand that for the West, such people were and will remain second-rate strangers with whom you can do whatever you want, and money, and connections, and purchased titles of counts, peers, mayors will not help here at all. They must understand they are second class there.
But there is another choice: to be with your Motherland, to work for compatriots, not only to open new enterprises, but also to change life around you – in cities, towns, in your own country. And we have many such entrepreneurs, such true fighters in business – it is for them that the future of domestic business is behind them. Everyone must understand that both the sources of well-being and the future should be only here, in their native country, in Russia.
And then we will really create a solid, self-sufficient economy that does not shut itself off from the world, but uses all its competitive advantages. Russian capital, money received here should work for the country, for its national development. Today, we have great prospects in the development of infrastructure, manufacturing, domestic tourism, and in many other industries.