JRL NEWSWATCH: “Putin sees ‘positive trends’ in Russian economy” – AFP

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“… Wages in Russia have fallen for four consecutive years as the Russian economy reeled from a crash in oil prices in 2014, along with international sanctions imposed over … Ukraine.  Putin’s approval ratings slumped by a record 14 percentage points according to a state pollster following a government proposal to raise the state pension age to 65 for men and 63 for women, the first such hike in almost nine decades. … While Russia returned to growth in 2017 after two years of recession, the country’s economy pales in comparison with growth figures due to soaring oil prices seen … from 2000 to 2008. …”

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