In a crisis, all the developed countries are protectionist (protection of property by non-market economy methods), and, it is a beautiful speeches and appeals to various summits of the economy without barriers. So with November 2008, governments have introduced about 280 of protectionist measures, estimated at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). Protectionism doing absolutely all of the country, okay, if a country has modern production, which is temporarily at times of crisis should be supported, and if it is "fossil" AvtoVAZ, remained at the level of the 70s of the last century? Then protectionism is bordered on madness – just for the money wind. Such production should not defend, but an urgent upgrade, what appears to have convinced the Russian government. Compare annual production rate of machines per worker in the automotive industry: Russia – 2.5; Europe – 9 U.S. – 11 Japan – 16; global average value of – 8.

How many thousands did not feed the collective "bungler" billions of dollars in Togliatti injections of public money (not clear on that) and did not install protective duties on imports of machinery (the worsened economic situation of the Far East), anyway, as a result, staff now have to cut the plant. Moreover, losing time, now I have to act according to the worst scenario, called – "punished the innocent." Under the cut, first of all, get a simple working and lower-level engineers, who in the technical backwardness of the Russian car industry from international standards are not to blame. Perpetrators that the huge subsidies have not helped to establish the plant output demanded products, will not incur penalties. Russia – the absolute leader in the number of "most harmful" protective measures (20), estimated at CEPR. In second place – Germany (15), third place is shared by India and Indonesia (10), fourth – Italy, Spain and United Kingdom (9). To protect the domestic market in 2009, the Russian government (except automobile industry protection in the form of cash grants and the establishment of protective duties for foreign cars to 30%) also raised: the import duty on television sets (from 10% to 15%), taxes on certain types of rolled steel-alloy steel (from 5% to 20%), as well as the pipes of iron or steel (with 5% to 20%), etc. All this shows lack of competitiveness of the Russian economy, as for high-performance, modern industry, producing quality goods, are not necessary protective measures, products of such production is always and without demand. Yuri Chashin 09/16/2009