Once negatively considered in Soviet time, the position of Minister of Agriculture in the Russian Federation is now in the front row. Troubled 1930’s years connected to “Dekulakization” are surely part of the past and the country is definitely turning into an agricultural super “wheat” power.
In recent years, the situation has changed (thanks to or because of sanctions/embargo); the export of agricultural products in Russia has even surpassed military equipment and weapons. Agriculture became the pride of the country, and Dmitry Patrushev, a young and ambitious son of the former FSB director, took the minister’s chair. A banker, a graduate of the FSB school, a native of St. Petersburg, like President Putin, Mr Patrushev feels at ease among the political elite and is not afraid to make audacious plans for Russian agriculture. This is especially the case when the government provides generous assistance for the implementation of these plans. In 2019, the total amount of state support will exceed 300 billion rubles against 259 billion rubles of 2018.
So, what to expect from the new minister? Will there be bad surprises for the western countries?