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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bryntsalov's Prescription for Russia's Ills

Bryntsalov's "Russian Socialist Party" promises a potpourri of political measures, only some of which are true to the sentiments of the party's name.


After his election to the Duma in December, Bryntsalov first allied himself with a nationalist communist movement, but he has since split with it over his more bizarre views. For instance, he has promised to disperse the Duma -- because all it does is pass laws.


If elected, his platform states, a Bryntsalov government would force companies to raise the minimum wage. At the same time, his platform preaches business-friendly measures such as eliminating corporate taxes and placing the tax burden on individuals, who would contribute 80 to 90 percent of total budget receipts.


A major pillar of Bryntsalov's party platform is providing people with a comprehensive system of medical care, paid for largely by the government.


It may not come as a surprise, but this would entail increased outlays, which would be to the benefit of Russian pharmaceuticals companies. "I will spend five times more on health care than currently being spent," Bryntsalov said.


It is his success as a businessman, however, that Bryntsalov sees as the core to his program, claiming that he can take the lessons he learned as a businessman and apply them to the country as a whole.


"I am a businessman, my profession is business. If I were a businessman and didn't know how to make money, I would be a bad businessman, right? You should learn from me ... What we need to do is make $100 worth $100."


If president, Bryntsalov said: "I would force fools to be smart -- legally. Write that! Write that!"