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How Dependent Is Growth on the Oil Price?

Russia's real GDP growth over the past five years has averaged an impressive 6.6 percent per year. There is general agreement that the strong recovery after the 1998 crisis owed much to favorable external conditions, in the form of buoyant oil prices, as well as the effects of the sharp 1998-99 ruble devaluation.

Painter, Plumber, Carpenter, Welder?

If one of the goals on your New Year's resolution list is ""fix up the apartment"" (or if your recent plumbing disaster necessitated breaking down a few walls to get at ancient pipes and the holes are an eyesore), January is a good month to do a bit of ?????? (repair work, redecoration).

Who Knows Best: Browder, Glazyev or Aslund?

""Making the Case for Putin"" smacks of sour grapes, when taken in the context of Mikhail Khodorkovsky's successful application of the principles of capitalism and William Browder's support for a government manipulating the rule of law against the Yukos ex-CEO.

News in Brief

Putin, Blair Talk Iraq MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister Tony Blair discussed the situation in Iraq and the Middle East crisis in a telephone conversation Thursday, the Kremlin said. A terse statement from Putin's press service said the two leaders also discussed the condition and prospects of bilateral relations. Next Monday, Putin is to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell in Moscow. Putin's foreign affairs adviser, Sergei Prikhodko, said the talks will focus on Iraq, Iran, preparations for a summit of the so-called Group of Eight, bilateral relations and other issues. Chechen Envoy Fired MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin has dismissed his envoy for human rights in Chechnya, Abdul-Khakim Sultygov, Itar-Tass reported Wednesday. Putin has determined that Akhmad Kadyrov, who became president of Chechnya in a widely criticized election last October, bears all responsibility for human rights issues in the republic, Itar-Tass said.

Election Officials Turn Down Gerashchenko

The Central Elections Commission on Thursday refused to register Viktor Gerashchenko for the presidential race, ruling that the former Central Bank chief was not exempt from the requirement to submit 2 million voter signatures.

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