Kremlin says limited access to financial data related to hybrid war against Russia

Dmitry Peskov


29th January 2023 – (London) The limited access to Russia’s economic statistics is related to a hybrid war being waged against Moscow, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a commentary published by the Financial Times on Sunday.

“There is a hybrid war being waged against Russia, including economic warfare. So in those conditions it is completely natural that we are classifying this data,” he said, adding that “everyone who needs to know, everyone who is part of the economic policymaking process, has access to the whole range of data, statistics and so on.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin regularly receives reports from his top officials on the economy, Peskov noted. “Any assertions that he (President – TASS) receives distorted information are incorrect. He has all the information, he has economic cabinet meetings basically every week,” the spokesman stressed.

Last July the Russian president endorsed the law, which stipulates the peculiarities of regulating corporate relations, as well as a number of measures to regulate the financial market, the possibilities of reorganizing banks and classifying data on the country’s gold and foreign currency reserves.