Russia has been a member of the World Trade Organisation for just over a year, but it is already being accused of protectionism and ‘doing exactly the opposite of what it is supposed to do’. The prospects for further integration are not good; taking an active role in the organisation would pit the principles of Russian state capitalism against those of free trade.

<i>Russia finally joined the World Trade Organisation in August 2012, following 18 years of complex negotiations. Within months, both sides were beginning to have second thoughts. Russian lawmakers were calling for protection of exposed industries and the European Union filed a complaint against Moscow for protectionis...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
When the hurdles had been cleared and the deal was finally done, there was, understandably, a great deal of optimism in the air
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