Zeljko, Bogetic and Karlis, Smits and Sergey, Ulatov and Olga, Emelyanova and Marco, Hernandez (2008): Russian economic report No. 17 (November 2008), The World Bank. Published in: Russian Economic Report , Vol. World, No. No. 17 (18. November 2008)
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After a decade of high growth, the Russian econoomy is experiencing a slowdown in the wake of the global financial crisis. While Russia's strong short-term macroeconomic fundamentals make it better than many emerging economies to deal with the crisis, its underlying structural weaknesses and high dependence on the price of a single commodity make its impact more pronounced than otherwise. But the crisis also presents an opportunity to address the medium- to longer term challenges of competitiveness, economic diversification, and financial sector modernization which are necessary to boost growth and living standards.