Dmitri Rylko, the general director of Ikar, the Moscow-based analysis group, enters the debate on dishonesty in Russian farming kicked off by comments from Velcourt.
As the classical proverb says, "the farmer does not cheat himself".
As a reminder, that proverb was not designed in Russia, and it is not about farming in Russia…
In my humble opinion, we need to make one logical step forward and state that a twist on the proverb may also be quite accurate. Hired farm workers and managers tend to cheat their supervisors - all over the world.
So, why should Russian hired farmworkers and hired managers be different from others?
Some farm investors in my country, both domestic, and foreign, reproduced typical Soviet, top-down approaches while managing a massive hired labour force.
They did it without proper, advance thinking about the best way for motivation and control.
They should not be surprised about the results.
Meanwhile, we see many solid and honest farming projects across Russia, especially where people are well and clearly motivated.