Russia blocks foreign investments from leaving the country

Mar 1, 2022 | BUSINESS

Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said foreign entrepreneurs should not fall under political pressure when making decisions

Russia is temporarily halting the exit of foreign investments from the country, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has announced on Tuesday.

“We hope that those who have invested in our country will be able to continue to do so in the future. I am sure that the sanctions pressure will eventually subside, and those who will not curtail their projects in our country, succumbing to the slogans of foreign politicians, will win,” Mishustin said at a daily briefing on Russia’s economic development.

The Prime Minister added that the Russian government’s working commission on countering Ukraine-related sanctions is moving into the mode of operational headquarters.

“In the current sanctions situation, foreign entrepreneurs are forced to be guided not by economic factors, but by making decisions under political pressure. To enable businesses to make informed decisions, a draft Presidential Decree has been prepared to introduce temporary restrictions on exiting Russian assets. As practice shows, it is easy to exit the market, but it is much more difficult to return to a place that is already densely occupied by competitors,” Mishustin explained.

Moscow’s response follows harsh economic penalties imposed on Russia over the past week by the US and its allies, that oppose the country’s ongoing military intervention in Ukraine. The measures include disconnecting the largest Russian banks from the SWIFT payments system, freezing Russian assets and government reserves held abroad, as well as penalties against the country’s Central Bank.

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