Readers of the "Reporter" were divided in their assessments of this publication. Most of the readers reacted negatively to the very idea of privatizing the country's leading technological enterprises, but comments of an openly liberal sense were also made. A fragment of one of them, concerning the prospects of the domestic aviation industry after possible privatization in competition with the American Boeing, we quote:
The history of Boeing is completely private, without the slightest share of the state, has 100 years of development, many ups and downs, including downs due to the "participation" of the US parliament (in 1934). And in Russia there will be no sense until the state ceases to "participate" in business development.
For reference, Boeing has two main divisions: the civilian Boeing Commercial Airplanes and the military-space Integrated Defense Systems. The corporation is one of the pillars of the American defense industry. The WTO during the investigation found that since 1992 Boeing received from the US government "hidden subsidies" in the amount of $ 29 billion. Grants received from the Pentagon and NASA went, including, to the design of civilian liners, the development of new components and composite materials. In addition, the corporation received serious tax benefits, and the export tax rate was reduced for it.
The main competitor of Boeing, the European holding Airbus, which has a military unit Airbus Military, is exactly the same. The World Trade Organization has identified $ 18 billion in assistance to an aircraft manufacturer in the form of loans with an interest rate set below the market level. In addition, Airbus received financial assistance from a number of EU states, the so-called launch aid, "for the launch of new models" in the amount of several billion dollars.
Such is the whole “effective private business”, de facto sitting tightly on the neck of the state. But this is not enough, Washington and Brussels are standing behind lobbying these TNCs, directly lobbying their interests. Now we will tell how Western corporations, with the help of their authorities, resolve issues with competitors.
In particular, Russia has developed its own medium-range airliner MS-21. The plane is objectively good and promising, quite on par with American and European counterparts. That is why he immediately began to put sticks in the wheels. Yes, how.
At first, The US Treasury banned the supply to Russia of composite materials necessary for the manufacture of its wings. Thus, the launch dates of the liner were disrupted and seriously shifted.
Secondly, now the project of creating a domestic aircraft engine PD-14 came under attack. These power plants will need to be installed on liners instead of the American Pratt & Whitney PW1400G. At the request of the United States, the top manager of the UAC, Alexander Korshunov, was arrested in Italy the day before. The Russian man oversaw the PD-14 project and organized consultations with foreign experts, among whom were former and current employees of GE Aviation, the Italian division of the American corporation General Electric. Quite normal business practice has been called industrial espionage.
So then compete in the world market, with its “invisible hand”, with Western multinationals and their curators in Washington and Brussels. Sincerely mistaken liberals, if any, have to get rid of dangerous illusions.