There is a problem with regard to administrative pressure, unfortunately. Of the 11 regions in the Far Eastern Federal District, only two are among the top 30 in Russia’s administrative pressure index, i.e., they are characterized by low levels of pressure. In the Far Eastern Federal District, the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources; the Federal Service for Environmental, Technological and Nuclear Supervision; EMERCOM of Russia; the Federal Service for Supervision of Transport; and the Federal Service for Labour and Employment all exerted more control over entrepreneurs than the Russian average. The number of inspections that took place in the first half of this year alone is almost comparable to the total number of inspections in the whole of 2020. This is a worrying sign — Boris Titov, Presidential Commissioner of the Russian Federation for the Protection of Entrepreneurs’ Rights.
Our officials are sometimes unaware of issues in the region which are worrying entrepreneurs. For the second year, an important aspect of the work done by prosecutors is to oversee compliance with the moratorium on planning and conducting inspections of small businesses. In the Far East alone, almost 25,000 businesses were spared from superfluous attention from oversight bodies as a result of the timely waiving of these inspections — Igor Krasnov, Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation.
The number of inspections under the management system for the first six months of this year grew by 48%. A lot of issues are to do with international logistics and customs clearance. There is also the issue of how entry points operate. We have been allocated public funds to ensure that the Primorye-1 and Primorye-2 entry points open in 2023–2024. However, entrepreneurs are worried that this will not be done, because work is not actively under way — Alexander Kalinin, President, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses OPORA RUSSIA.