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The closure of part of the data on the purchases of Russian state-owned companies distorted the statistics, since now even the Ministry of Finance does not see all the information about this, Kommersant writes.
In early March, the Russian government allowed state-owned companies that have fallen under sanctions not to post information about their purchases in the Unified Information System (ENI) in procurement.
As a result, the report of the Ministry of Finance on public procurement in the first half of 2022 showed a decline in the volume of purchases of state joint-stock companies by 53% (from 11.5 to 5.5 trillion rubles) compared to the first half of 2021. At the same time, the number of contracts over the same period changed insignificantly (from 806 to 790 thousand).
Vasily Danilchik, an expert of the Kontur.Torgi service, explained to Kommersant that most of the purchases have become closed, which is why the statistics are now not entirely indicative. The Ministry of Finance confirmed that part of the procurement is carried out without the use of the EIS, and therefore there is no data on them.
The department added that from April 1, 2023, all purchases for which data is not currently available will again be submitted to the EIS in a closed form. Corresponding amendments to the legislation have already been adopted.
So far, the Ministry of Finance cannot name the volume of missed purchases by the state JSC. The SME Corporation, which is responsible for monitoring the procurement of state-owned companies from small businesses, reported the loss of procurement data for 900 of the largest state-owned companies. It should be noted that such a targeted closure of data by the state (in particular, earlier the customs closed data on foreign trade, and the Ministry of Finance – on budget expenditures) in the future carries risks for the effectiveness of public administration.