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Russia's current economic conundrum

Kucera, Jakub (2015): Russia's current economic conundrum. Published in: Vestnik: The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies No. Issue 17, Spring 2015 (21 April 2015)

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This paper provides a concise overview of Russia's economy. First, it describes the growth model of the past fifteen years and explains why that model is now exhausted. Secondly, it examines the reaction of the country´s leadership to the stagnating economy. Finally, to evaluate the feasibility of any reform programme, the paper pinpoints the biggest economic problems currently facing Russia with an overview of the main questions relating to Russian modernization. The main problems examined will be those that the Russian economy faced before the current crisis, as these can still be considered fundamental and, as we will see, were actually causing considerable concern even before sanctions were imposed during the Ukrainian crisis and before the current economic crisis began.

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