NEWSWATCH: “Russian Voters Left Guessing at Putin’s Economic Plan” – Reuters

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“… Putin will enter Sunday’s election with little agreement among his top policymakers on an economic strategy for his next term …. Many Russians … prospered … [when] high oil prices contribut[ed] to bumper growth rates before … 2008 …. But the economy sank into recession after Western … sanctions … [over] Ukraine. A collapse in oil prices and the value of a rouble pushed up inflation, further squeezing household budgets. … [G]rowth rebounded last year and inflation has fallen [but] many Russians feel poorer than in the boom years.”

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