8 Mar 2022 04:29

United Russia urges nationalizing factories of Western companies that left Russia

MOSCOW. March 8 (Interfax) - The United Russia party has proposed nationalizing the production facilities of companies that announce shutdowns in Russia during the special operation in Ukraine, secretary of the United Russia General Council Andrei Turchak said.

"United Russia proposes nationalizing manufacturing facilities of such companies that announce their departure and closure of factories in Russia during the special operation in Ukraine," United Russia's press service quoted Turchak as saying.

"Such actions by Western companies are nothing other than fraudulent bankruptcy," he said.

"In all the cases, this is a purely political decision. The price of such a decision is a great number of Russian workers dismissed overnight. Not to mention that acting in this way, these companies undermine their own economy, act on the principle of "bees against honey," he said.

"The West has started the war of sanctions against Russia, and not only governments but also private companies have joined it," he said.

"Some of them announce pulling out of business in Russia and shutting down their factories. Finland's Valio and Paulig are the latest to announce that. Yesterday, Fazer did the same," he said.

The proposed nationalization "is an extreme measure, but we won't tolerate stabs in the back, and we'll protect our people," Turchak said.

In the morning of February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a 'special military operation' in Ukraine. Western countries responded with largescale anti-Russian sanctions.