Calls for the nationalization of Norilsk Nickel, as well as public calls by some government officials to use the investigating authorities to change the owners and management of the company, which are heard after the incident in Norilsk, form a dangerous precedent for business, said a former co-owner of the company, businessman Mikhail Prokhorov.
Prokhorov said that “the processes that we are now observing around Norilsk are alarming,” TASS reports citing the Onexim Foundation press service.
“The sweeping calls for the nationalization of the largest private enterprise, trampling the reputation of a businessman in the mud, as well as public calls by some government officials to use the investigating authorities to change the owners and management of the company form a dangerous precedent. This is a serious threat to everyone who runs and develops private enterprises in the country from small restaurants to industrial giants, ”he said.
The businessman noted that the head of Norilsk Nickel Vladimir Potanin is an “experienced professional and competent leader” who “will find the right solutions to quickly resolve this situation and prevent the recurrence of such scenarios in the future”, and the company itself is one of the best in the field of sustainable development and environmental policy not only in Russia, but also in the international market.
Recall, President Vladimir Putin announced a federal emergency in Norilsk due to a large-scale oil spill. The area of pollution amounted to 180 thousand square meters. meters. A criminal case has been opened. The head of the CHPP-3 workshop was arrested.
The head of the Ministry of Emergencies, Yevgeny Zinichev, said that a solution was found to eliminate the leak, but did not specify the details.
It should be noted that one of the proposed amendments to the Constitution proposes to fix in the Basic Law a provision on the conservation of Russia’s natural resources. Thus, the list of government powers includes the implementation of measures “aimed at reducing the negative impact of economic and other activities on the environment, preserving the country’s unique natural and biological diversity.”
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