Sergey Lavrov: “freedoms” will be cut after COVID-19 pandemic


The world will not return to its previous “freedom” even after defeating the coronavirus pandemic, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with RBC. Here is how the world capital is using the pandemic to its advantage.

Sergey Lavrov
Sergey Lavrov

I do not expect such freedom that existed until now. There will be some measures based on conclusions from the current situation,” Lavrov said.

However, the minister confidently spoke out that there would be a gradual lifting of the restrictions imposed by states in order to suppress the COVID-19 pandemic. The restoration of world relations in all sectors is expected, but this is a long process.

The vast majority of analysts agree that even when all threats have been completely removed, <…>; all restrictions will be lifted, all vaccines will be approved, <…>; nevertheless, such an absolutely free communication system that existed until now will no longer be,” the minister said.

Safety measures designed to protect citizens will continue to be applied, especially in transport – in airplanes or trains. Nevertheless, these measures are unlikely to be harsh. The minister does not expect the introduction of visas necessary for leaving the country – there is no need for such a measure, such plans are not discussed.

The above-mentioned security measures, in our opinion, will be used by large state capital in their interests. And the digitalization campaign, widely discussed by the Russian left, is by no means the basis of ongoing global processes, but only a consequence of them. Digitalization is designed to simplify the management of the economy that will never return to free trading.

A free liberalized market and the democratization of public relations are the libertarian’s dream; today, this dream has crashed into shocking reality. Restrictions introduced during the pandemic will be used to protect capital and are by no means designed in the interests of the employee. The education ombudsman Amet Volodarsky considered it legal to put pressure on those teachers of his elite school who demand to get paid for educating children of wealthy parents in the midst of the pandemic.

In order to protect the capitalist economy, the states had to forget the mantras about the free market and take it in their hands.

Lockdown measures in Pyatigorsk
Lockdown measures in Pyatigorsk

The world is waiting for an increase in protectionism, and along with it, as it is usually the case in market production – tightening of not only trade duties as a result of the devastating pandemic, but also domestic laws aimed at controlling their own citizens. Given that protectionism in the current historical moment is associated with an unprecedented global increase in large capital, it is time to talk about corporatism – a policy in the interests of monopolies and oligopolies, which means a significant merger of capital and the state.

We have already said how easy it is for large capital to exert influence on the state. Oleg Kuvshinnikov, the former vice president of Severstal, now the governor of Vologda Oblast, acts in the corporate interests. Igor Komarov, the plenipotentiary of the President in Volga Federal District, and previously a prominent businessman, does just the same. Already today, the government demonstrates a high degree of corporatism – the majority of large officials are associated with a particular business sector.

The economic prerequisites of corporatism go hand in hand with political consequences – the most famous corporatist formations were fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. This is the basic consequence of tightening the internal and external orders of states. Fascization awaits not only Russia, but also the United States, countries of Western Europe, Latin America – for example, Brazil’s large capital has unprecedentedly increased the exploitation of wage workers.

The Brazilian President
The Brazilian President

It will be followed by other right-wing governments – the entire mainland, except Ecuador, Venezuela and Uruguay, is represented by the right or ultra-right.