According to a survey conducted by Megaplan, a business management software developer, more than 75% of small and medium-sized businesses in Russia believe that the economic situation will worsen in the near future. The sectors most affected by the crisis are the restaurant industry (82.9%) and the fashion industry (61.6%). In the manufacturing sector, 48.5% of survey participants reported problems. The IT industry, the telecommunications industry, and, surprisingly, medicine, adapted best to new conditions.
The vast majority (83%) of small and medium-sized businesses believe that they should not count on government support. Only 5.2% of the respondents share the opinion that the authorities will help business or have already begun to help.
Unlike peppy television reports about the state’s full support for small and medium-sized businesses, “on the ground” everything does not look so optimistic. And one does not need to be a genius to understand: the economic problems of capitalism, aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic, will only increase, but there will not be enough money for everyone.
Meanwhile, government agencies are beginning to collect funds among the weakest on a “voluntary” basis to fight coronavirus. So, the editors have at their disposal a copy of the letter sent by the management of Remvooruzhenie JSC (part of the Rostec state corporation) to a company under its control, which is in a difficult financial situation and has switched over to a four-day working schedule since May 12. The appeal of the parent organization invites to “chip in charity” for those who already have serious problems with the payment of wages.
An integral feature of capitalism is its constant crises, which always entail unemployment, the impoverishment of the weakest market participants and the strengthening of the position of big capital, and most importantly – war. To save humanity from these birthmarks can only the transition to a more progressive socio-economic formation – socialism.