As the despised year 2020, the year when even the most atheistic of the society have started to believe in Satan, ends, Russia seeks to update its plans of progress into the future. Here, we will look at some of the proposed changes that the Russian government has promised its people.
Some progress is seen as Russia vows to increase taxes for the richest Russians – those who earn more than 5 million roubles a year (around 50,000 pounds) by 2%, from 13% to 15%. Some exclusions include the sales of personal property, as well as insurance payouts. It is said that the increase tax revenue will go to orphanage funds.
IT companies are also getting a tax reduction, with a leap from 20% to 3%. Insurance deposits are likewise decreasing from 14% to 7.3% Russia is known for its capabilities in the IT industry – one of Google’s founders comes from the infamous motherland, and, of course, the Pentagon hackings. We can hope that this reduction in IT will send Russia’s technology sector up and bring Russia on a world stage of technological advancement once again.
Excise duties, however, will be increased by a whopping 20% for tobacco-related products and 4% for alcohol. The Ministry of Finance has stated, that Russia needs to fight with tobacco consumption – an interesting statement, given that the government has unified electronic cigarettes and tobacco-based cigarettes into one sector, which means that vaping products will go up in price alongside tobacco.
The notion of a government official has become synonymous with corruption, and the last few years have seen an immense increase in the number of office holders. Nonetheless, the government is bringing good news with a proposed decrease in the number of officials and a law that will ban them from holding office for being rude of up to a year.
A bill to ban the use of profanity in social media has now passed both chambers of the Gosduma, enabling the prosecutors to punish any page with over 500,000 followers that is seen to use profanity in their posts.
A new law about slandering has also passed, and one found guilty of slandering can be imprisoned for up to 5 years in prison or forced to pay an up to 5 million rouble fine.
A plan of “renovation” has also touched the ground as regions get autonomy in their decision of demolition and building of new housing.
In a strive for protecting Russia, the government has also announced that citizens and organisations can now be declared foreign agents if they are politically involved in Russia with the use of foreign finance, with the latter also being banned.
Russia has also banned the disclosure of information about the security services officials. The law has been passed as Navalny, a Putin critic, finding out about the wealth of the said officials has once again been imprisoned.
The Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine which has so far been used to vaccinate people at risk is due to be used for mass-vaccinations, free of charge. The government has also announced that this will be done on a voluntary basis, although plans for a “green passport” for the vaccinated, much like one proposed in Israel, has been debated.
A new Russia?
Putin has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, according to some sources, and Russian government critics are predicting a fight for power in the coming time.
However, with a country as conservative as Russia, the problem lies not in its authoritarian look, but in the nature of the people. When the people want change, they bring it about – and Russian history has been notorious for such revolutions.
The technological advancement and the introduction of large amounts of wealth in the country have certainly played a role withholding a change, but the absence of ideas has likewise stopped the people from knowing where they could go. For now, Russia will remain on its current path, standing as a dependent variable in a worldwide experiment.
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