It has to be said: there are rules of the game, and they’re the same for everyone. If someone doesn’t follow them, there’ll be a reaction from the government.
The practice which is being established in Russia makes me personally feel optimistic. On one hand, it might seem that we’re still a long way from achieving our goal. But on the other hand, we’ve admitted that this is a disease, that we’re suffering from it; and it’s simply impossible to treat this disease without declaring that fact.
Competition and business success must be based on predictability and low transaction costs. Corruption, simply speaking, is a high transaction cost, it doesn’t add value, it takes away value; it eats up value.
The anticorruption support is growing worldwide and that’s basically very good news.
I want to compare corruption with cancer. When corruption is at a low level in an economy, it doesn’t even really seem to interfere with the body, but the bigger the tumour gets, the more it devours the economy itself and the less competitive the economy becomes.
A serious step has been taken to foster an uncompromising attitude towards corruption. Corruption has already become somewhat shameful rather than being the current state of the social system.
If we have competition and if we have a lot of sectors of entrepreneurship, it would truly be a powerful social group. In this way we will create a strong class of owners in the country and corruption will disappear on its own.