Businessman Vladimir Potanin, whose main asset is the giant Norilsk Nickel, has come out to defend the Russians who left the country in February 2022.
Potanin told Russia’s RBC television that there were no problems.
“Programmers are gone. Now there’s a debate about whether to bring them back. People left. They must have had some reason. But most of them, our country , the economy, they continue to work for businesses.Some come back, some don’t.So why push them away and drive them away.They will be hired by other companies.It is Our strength, not our weakness, is their brains, their ability to produce products,” Potanin said.
He added that Russia only owns 20% of its own software and that the new environment will require the intellectual potential of domestic experts to fill the gap.
“At what cost will we restore the damage that sanctions have done to our economy? We have to respect it, we have to show tolerance.”
Potanin is convinced that there is no point in punishing those working abroad or in remote areas for the country’s economy.
“Those who have left are contributing and making their own products that we really need. I’m not going to discriminate against them, at least not for long enough.”
Russians who leave the country should be given the opportunity to “feel, understand and try,” Potanin said.
“I think taking property prematurely and branding people is a sign of weakness. And we are a strong nation, a strong nation . Infringement of property rights is an impulsive and weak move, and punishing people working for the economy, for example from Yerevan or from Germany, is also an impulsive and popular move. ” concluded Potanin.
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