The elimination of the tax police might bring a short-term but pretty noticeable economic effect, the Kommersant newspaper reported. Businesses can save considerable sums on court expenses. This is some $1bn per year. The tax police have been the agency, which has filed suits against taxpayers who tried to optimize their tax payments to budgets. As a rule, some 150-200 suits were filed against every large Russian company per year. The tax police have lost the majority of them. So the state budget has not received a lot from the tax police. As far as the companies are concerned, the average price of every court dispute was about $300,000. In other words, a large company had to spend about $50m per year. There are about 20 large companies in Russia that could spend such large sums of money. So, this "great twenty" will be saving at least $1bn per year, until the Interior Ministry's main department for fighting economic crimes becomes responsible for taxes. This department seldom loses lawsuits.
Following the summit in Riga on November 30, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg explained how the alliance could respond to Russia's 'new aggression against Ukraine.'