Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Russian Government Ignores or Fails to Meet Deadlines in Two-Thirds of Putin Orders, New Study Finds

Paul Goble

            Staunton, November 3 – Most assume that when Vladimir Putin gives an order, Russian officials implement it in a timely fashion; but a new study of 2836 Putin directives fines that almost two thirds (63 percent) either are ignored or at least aren’t met by senior officials in the time specified. Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin who ordered the study has expressed outrage.

            Russian officials need to recognize that when Putin gives an order or sets a deadline, they must comply or explain why they haven’t or can’t. That isn’t happening, and the result in some places is chaos and confusion ( and

            Among the worst offending ministries are the finance ministry, the economic development ministry and the transportation ministry. Others with inadequate response rates include the State Registry, the natural resources ministry, the agricultural ministry, the labor ministry and the energy ministry.

            Among senior officials, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova ignored or was late in fulfilling Putin orders 58 percent of the time. Officials say that they are often delayed in fulfilling Putin’s directives with good reason and therefore no one should single them out for any problems in this regard especially as such things rarely cause problems.

            But the prime minister two weeks ago reportedly expressed his outrage at what he called “massive disorganization in the government.” At that government meeting, he warned ministers that they bear “personal responsibility for fulfilling presidential orders” in a complete and timely fashion.

            Mishustin did not threaten to fire anyone, but this study certainly provides him both with a defense against complaints about the government from Putin and the occasion to crack the whip and even dismiss those officials who have been most negligent in this regard.


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