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Putin turns deaf ear to economic alarm

Senior Russian officials flag risk of 'explosive situation' in Ukraine crisis

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NOT LISTENING: Mr Putin has always given up economic development for the sake of geopolitical interests, says an analyst

Moscow

SENIOR Russian officials are sounding dire warnings as prices rise, the ruble plunges and growth grinds to a halt, but President Vladimir Putin is ignoring their advice amid the standoff with the West over Ukraine.

Speeches at an investment forum in Moscow this past week by

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