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The working group headed by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova is developing a new social contract as part of work on the Strategy for Socio-Economic Development up to 2030, expert in political science Sergey Leskov wrote on Nezigar Telegram channel on February 24.
“This is caused by the electoral character of 2021, as well as an unexpected rise in protest activity in previously calm regions. In February, the members of five working groups headed by deputy prime ministers were approved. The group headed by Tatyana Golikova, which will have to develop a ‘new social contract’ between the state and society, is attracting particular attention,” the expert said.
According to Leskov, Russia risks repeating the fate of the USSR. An external enemy cannot unite the entire society, and “getting up off the knees has begun to tire the public.” At the same time, the effectiveness of the political course is of importance for many citizens, he thinks.
“The trumps in the pack of playing cards have run short, and it has become clear that the irretrievable result of the disintegration of the USSR is giant whirlpool in place of value-oriented meaning which Russian society caught in,” Leskov argues.
The expert in political science reminds that in the early 2000s, after the “wild” 1990s, the elite and society easily agreed to a reduction of political freedoms in exchange for a way out of poverty, higher incomes, and order. The state then assumed the role of arbiter in business disputes and achieved stability in the budget sphere. The re-unification with Crimea in 2014 gave rise to a new, patriotic social contract.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency