David Cameron has warned Russia that corruption, bureaucracy and an inconsistent approach to the rule of law was holding back trade relations with Britain.
I\’ve had a shipment stuck in customs for a month now. They\’re wanting a bribe. And the thing is, I\’d be entirely happy to pay such a bribe: if I had known about it when agreeing prices back when I ordered the material.
Just a cost of doing business, you know?
It\’s the inconsistency that causes the problems. And my little jaunt away for a few days was the beginning of setting up a not from Russia supply chain for my material. A pity, because I\’ve worked for 15 years with my suppliers. They\’re the world experts at what they do. And now I\’m struggling mightily to cut them entirely out of my supply chain because I simply cannot trust the governing authorities in Russia. Cannot trust the law, the customs, the officials of the State.
And of course it isn\’t only me taking the same sort of decision. It\’s getting to the point that no one at all will source an essential or time dependent input from that country, no matter how good it is or how fine the price.
Something which will, of course, entirely fuck over Russian industry and leave them dependent only upon substitutable and low value added commodity exports. Not the way you build a rich economy that.