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Fortress Russia: Has Putin built a sanctions-proof economy?

By France24
04 March 2022   |   1:52 pm
Russia is facing a raft of financial sanctions after it invaded Ukraine. But it's spent years building up its economy to protect against such measures. We take a closer look at Vladimir Putin's fortress economy with Alistair Milne, Professor of Financial Economics at Loughborough University.


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