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West's unrelenting sanctions will accelerate Russia's economic downfall

Even before Ukraine invasion, Russia's economic capabilities were hardly capable of sustaining an empire

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Eric Werker | The Conversation 



Photo: Bloomberg
Photo: Bloomberg

To justify invading Ukraine, Vladimir Putin has painted Russia as a hegemonic power re-asserting its rightful claim to imperial greatness. Yet even before the invasion, Russia’s economic capabilities were hardly capable of sustaining an empire.

Now, with foreign sanctions presiding over a plummeting Russian ruble, Russia’s economic standing has fallen further still. If measured at today’s exchange rates, Russia’s economy would be the 22nd largest in the world, with a gross domestic product (GDP) not much larger than the state of Ohio’s.

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First Published: Sun, March 13 2022. 07:36 IST

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