Strongman Putin’s bid for Crimea could destroy Russian economy

By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, March 9, 2014 10:20 EDT
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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin adjusts his sunglasses (AFP)
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Putin takes economic gamble with Crimea swoop (via AFP)

Russia is facing a prolonged period of low growth due to a failure to implement reform, is suffering from disturbing capital flight and the ruble is coming under sustained market pressure. So is it really the best time for President Vladimir Putin to…

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