Peskov on “squeezing” the state by metallurgists: there is no need to look for the guilty

In the situation with super-profits of Russian metallurgists, there is no point in looking for the guilty, this is “economic life”, said the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov. Vladimir Putin himself is aware of this situation, the government, together with business participants, is dealing with this issue, he added.

It is hardly necessary to look for the guilty here. This is economic life. Business makes money, the state receives taxes. And when there is some kind of disproportion, the state evens out this disproportion, “- said Mr. Peskov to the question of Kommersant FM.

The Kremlin spokesman added that Vladimir Putin “knows, indeed, the prices were very high, indeed, additional profits were generated.” “The President is aware of this. The government, as follows from the words of the first vice-premier, is dealing with this issue, in fact, together with business participants, ”he said.

Earlier, First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov said that against the backdrop of a pandemic in 2020, Russian metallurgical companies increased their revenues “several times”, including due to higher prices in the domestic market. According to him, the companies must return about 100 billion rubles to the budget. For this, according to the Deputy Prime Minister, it is better to raise the MET than to introduce an export duty. Vladimir Lisin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of NLMK Group, in response, advised Mr. Belousov “not to fix what works”.

In April, the FAS initiated proceedings against Severstal, Magnitogorsk and Novolipetsk metallurgical plants due to monopoly high prices for hot-rolled steel. After that, the government instructed the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Finance and the Federal Reserve Agency to work out proposals for market regulation of prices for metal products. Lawyers interviewed by Kommersant believe that it will be difficult for the FAS to prove the guilt of Russian metallurgists.

How much did the tax payments of metallurgists increase – in the material of Kommersant, “Steel poured into the budget”.