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As the Russian economy moves further into recession, the Kremlin is looking ahead to next year’s parliamentary elections with mounting concern. It fears that growing economic hardship will cause people to turn against the government. Last month’s regional elections showed just how far the authorities are willing to go to prevent the remnants of Russia’s political o...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
Vladimir Putin has repeatedly called on his ministers to introduce measures to counter Russia’s slowdown in economic growth, but with little effect. Oil is a key factor in the nation’s prosperity and prices have fallen significantly in 2013. Corruption means that major infrastructure projects are ineffective and many wealthy Russians believe their money is safer – ...