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In Russia's election, words count more than action

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13.02.2018

Castles in the sky cost nothing to build, but the upkeep can be expensive. Vladimir Putin has promised Russian voters in this year's presidential election more money for education and health care, higher wages, economic growth, a more rigorous fight against corruption and better infrastructure. He is essentially repeating past election promises on which he has failed to deliver. In interviews and press conferences he has promised everything under the sun. But will things really change after he wins a fourth term?

The re-Sovietization of Russia

Hardly. The government will just tinker along as it has in the past, costing the state billions of rubles. Economic reforms remain a dream. In reality, the re-Sovietization — in other words, the........

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