Staunton, February 17 – The deepening economic crisis in the Russian Federation has led ever more people outside of Moscow to begin to talk about federalism and power-sharing, subjects that had been almost forgotten during the fat years when the center could send enough money back to the federal subjects to keep most reasonably happy and in line.
But today as Dmitry Medvedev notoriously said, “there is no money,” and so arrangements that determine who gets how much and who has to pay for what are an increasing number of unfunded liabilities are at the center of attention in regional capitals, according to Tatarstan analyst Ilnar Garifullin (afterempire.info/2017/02/17/eurotatarstan/
aurupatatarstan.org/). Now that issues of federalism and power sharing are again at the center of attention, its influence is growing.
Garifullin sums up what the group believes: “The Republic of Tatarstan,” he writes, “is part of ‘the second world,’ from which there are only two ways out: to the first world, developed and rich or to the third world, poor and without prospects. And sooner or later and likely sooner rather than later, we must make a choice between them.”
Depending on which choice those in Moscow make, Tatarstan will be able to cooperate with them or alternatively will be compelled to seek its own distinctive future.