Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said that the number of business inspections in Russia in 2022 has dropped to a historic low. According to the prime minister, only 340,000 inspections were carried out in Russia, one third of which were in relation to small and medium-sized businesses.
“Last year, a moratorium on inspections was introduced … As a result, the number of such events fell to a historic low – less than 340,000. Of these, in relation to SMEs, only a third,” said Mr. Mishustin. He recalled that inspections were carried out in relation to a limited number of enterprises and only in cases of a possible threat to the life and health of citizens.
As the prime minister explained, the “controllers” were transferred to preventive work: they conducted 560,000 such visits, during which they helped entrepreneurs, “explained how to do it right, and did not fine.”
At the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in June last year, President Vladimir Putin said that “there are reasons to permanently refuse” inspections of all Russian business, if their work does not involve risks of harm.
As the president said then, after the abolition of inspections in March, the statistics on business violations fell. However, as Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov noted, against the backdrop of a reduction in inspections, cases of unjustified interference in the affairs of business by the police increased. In the meantime, regulatory authorities are actively developing indicators of the risk of violations that will allow them to conduct inspections of companies even in the moratorium on them until 2030.
For more details, see Kommersant’s article “Turn to face risk.”