NEWSWATCH: “Russia in charts: the reality behind Putin’s development goals; Some of the president’s social and economic six-year targets look daunting” – Financial Times/Valentina Romei, Kathrin Hille

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“… to implement [Putin’s] plans the government would need to spend an additional Rbs8,000bn over six years, said … Medvedev …. close to 9 per cent of Russia’s 2017 gross domestic product, and almost half of total federal expenditure budgeted for this year. … In many areas, the country is so far from … Putin’s 2024 goals that his plans appear to be not just ambitious but outright utopian. …”

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