Staunton, October 26 – Igor Bitkov, a Russian businessman the Kremlin stripped of his company, drove into exile and continues to persecute even though he is imprisoned in Guatemala, says that Vladimir Putin’s destruction of entrepreneurs and genuine entrepreneurial culture hurts Russia even more than Stalin’s destruction of peasant in the 1930s did.
Bitkov who has thus experienced on his own skin and that of his wife and children the situation whereof he speaks, says that “at present, the class of entrepreneurs in Russia has been almost completely destroyed” –that is, the class of genuine entrepreneurs and not those who call themselves that but who feed off the state (echo.msk.ru/blog/bitkov_ig/1641750-echo/
“Any dictatorship creates problems but does not solve them. [Such regimes] arise by offering people simple and quick recipes for the resolution of this or that problem. But as a result, they not only do not solve them but rather give birth to new and significantly more problems. Vladimir Putin is clearly part of this category of rulers.”