“There are practically no state-owned coal enterprises left in Russia. But this does not mean at all that there cannot be state-owned enterprises in the Lugansk People’s Republic,” Putin said. “No one from the federal center will impose decisions related to privatization or the adoption of any other decision in the field of property on them. They must do this as they see fit,” Putin stressed.
During a meeting with the president, Pasechnik said that the coal mining industry in LPR today is unprofitable, and sometimes there is not enough money even to pay salaries. The interim head of the region requested subsidies from the federal center. “Please subsidize the money that is missing for salaries, for development, well, at least for a certain period, maybe for six months, for a year, until the end of next year,” he asked. In addition, Pasechnik called on Putin to include the LPR in the state programs of the Russian Federation for the supply of coal.
Putin promised to provide the necessary assistance. “As for assistance today, we will also do it, of course. Above all there are subsidies for salaries or for some other necessary measures to maintain the life of the company,” he said.