Business Ombudsman Boris Titov approached Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin with a proposal to create a unified register of affected enterprises in regions with an average level of response, the press service of the Ombudsman for Entrepreneurs’ Rights reported.
“In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Boris Titov proposed creating a unified register of affected enterprises in regions with an average level of response, which would include data on enterprises and the amount of damage they suffered,” the release says. The damage, as indicated in it, is proposed to be compensated from the budget, and its assessment should be carried out by independent appraisers according to uniform approved methods.
According to the information received by the commissioner, the press release emphasizes that entrepreneurs from these regions face, in particular, such problems as the physical destruction of buildings and infrastructure of enterprises, the loss of agricultural land located in border areas from circulation, a sharp decrease in the volume of tourist activities and social entrepreneurship.
“The volume of total losses is significant, while the source of their compensation has not been determined. Unlike measures to compensate for damage to property of citizens, a set of measures and criteria approved by the government, there is no support for entrepreneurs,” Titov said.
Insurance companies, according to him, refuse to pay out under existing contracts, citing the non-insurance nature of the cases, and they either refuse to conclude new contracts or offer to conclude them at very high, non-market rates, which make work in these territories unprofitable.
“There is no single methodology for determining damage. Moreover, since traffic is limited in a number of border areas and there is no access to affected facilities, insurance companies and appraisers often cannot, in principle, determine the damage caused,” the Ombudsman concluded.