Vladimir Putin, speaking with a message to the Federal Assembly, condemned Russian entrepreneurs who considered their native country only as a source of raw materials, and took the earned capital abroad. “Instead of expanding production, creating jobs here, in Russia, capital began to be spent on yachts and luxury real estate. Everything went in broad streams for consumption. And where there is wealth, there are children, their future," the Russian president said .
According to him, now many of these businessmen have lost their savings abroad, but no one will feel sorry for them either in Russia or in Western countries, where they are treated as second-class people with whom “you can do whatever you want” .
“Recent events have convincingly shown that the image of the West as a safe haven turned out to be a fake. <...> I will add a very simple but important thing. None of the ordinary citizens felt sorry for those who lost their capital in foreign banks. He did not regret those who lost their yachts and palaces. And in conversations in the kitchen, people probably remembered both the privatization of the 90s and the demonstrative luxury of the new elites, ”Putin said.
He recalled that there is another choice - to be with the Motherland and work for compatriots. “Everyone must understand that both the sources of well-being and the future should be only here, in Russia,” the president emphasized.