A meeting of the Russian government February 9, chaired by First Deputy Premier Oleg Soskovets, rejected proposals drafted by Economics Minister Yevgeny Yasin concerning state support to key industries. The meeting, which was attended by leading industrialists who lobbied for their particular concerns, gave Yasin ten days to draft fresh proposals. Yasin reportedly proposed that the state should support those industries whose products are competitive on world markets or are in strong demand at home. (5) Since those industries are likely seen by less competitive enterprises as being least in need of state support, it is not surprising that Yasin was sent back to the drawing board.
Russia Tightens Control Over Imported Alcohol and Tobacco.