First Vice-Premier of Russia Igor Shuvalov
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The Russian delegation at the world economic forum will be headed by Igor Shuvalov, learned RBC. Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev, as in the previous three years, in Davos will not go, and Shuvalov returned there two years later
First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov is going to attend the annual meeting of the world economic forum (WEF) in Davos in January 2017, said RBC source in the government confirmed a source close to the organizers of the forum. The latter knows that Shuvalov will head the Russian delegation in Davos. These plans confirmed the Federal official. In the Secretariat Shuvalov has refused to comment.
The forum, which attracts leading politicians, businessmen, top managers and experts, will be held 17-20 January. Igor Shuvalov has headed the Russian delegation at the Davos forum in 2015, at the first meeting after the Ukrainian events and the introduction of Western sanctions. Then, speaking in the session, the Deputy Prime Minister called the situation in the Russian economy is “very heavy” and did not rule out that it will get worse, what needs to prepare not only the authorities but also business and society. “Endure any hardships that will be inside the country — consume less food, less electricity, I don’t know, still some things to which we are all accustomed to”, — said Shuvalov. The Deputy Prime Minister also said that Western sanctions might ease the unpopular reforms, because they ensured the consolidation of Russian society, rallied him, and provided the leadership of the country political support.
A government source previously told RBC that the annual meeting in Davos to attend Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, who took part in the recent away session of the WEF in Moscow. 13 Dec WEF for the first time in three years, held a visiting session in Moscow — these activities were suspended on the background of aggravation of relations between Russia and the West.
Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov told RBC that President Vladimir Putin does not plan to participate in the world economic forum in Davos in January 2017. Dmitry Medvedev does not plan to attend the annual meeting, told RBC employee of the press service of the government.
In January 2016 the first person to Davos did not go: the Russian delegation was headed by Deputy Prime Minister and presidential Plenipotentiary envoy to the far East Yuri Trutnev. He participated in the forum on the background of the dramatic events in the Russian economy when oil prices fell below $30 and the dollar reached 85 RUB (due to the collapse of the ruble trip to Davos canceled by the Chairman of the Central Bank Elvira Nabiullina). The Russian representative office in Davos has been relatively modest the past three years.
President Vladimir Putin traveled to the Davos forum in 2009. Medvedev visited by VEF on three occasions: in 2007 as the first Vice-Premier, in 2011 as President and in 2013 as head of the government. Since neither Putin nor Medvedev on the forum did not come, although the founder and Director of the WEF, Klaus Schwab invited the Russian President to arrive in Davos in January 2015, told RBC sources close to the Russian delegation and organizers of the forum.