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The country is recovering nicely from a recession and should see economic growth of 1.4% this year, according to a new report by the International Monetary Fund. Russia is heavily dependent on oil exports and was hit hard when crude prices started to crash in 2014. Economic sanctions imposed by Western governments as punishment for Russia taking control of Ukraine's Crimea region dealt the economy another blow. Recession followed, Russia's currency -- the ruble -- was slammed , and many people were hit hard by austerity. Now things are looking up. "The economy is exiting a two year recession that, thanks to the authorities' effective policy response and the existence of robust buffers, pr... Full story

19 May