What sidelined the Kharkiv Tractor Plant?
KHARKIV, Ukraine — From March 2016 until January 2017, the Kharkiv Tractor Plant was forced to freeze its operations. For those 10 months, over 2,000 people were left without work. But the nearly year- long shutdown was not about technical capabilities, nor exclusively financial concerns. Rather, an exceedingly complicated mix of gal ing politics, issues debts sidelined surrounding cross- border the alleged factory. affairs outstand- Soon and the lePension Fund, the Fiscal Service and even the Security Service of Ukraine, or SBU, were involved. With allegations of Russian schemes and tax avoidance flying, the case provided an example of some of the “non-market”
A tractor from the Kharkiv Tractor Plant tills a field. The factory's primary clients are agricultural producers with between 400 and 2,000 hectares of land and farmers in the developing world. (Courtesy)