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Russia needs government investment to avoid recession, says former finance minister
<p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/russia-says-cynical-u-policy-pushing-world-toward-062928419.html"><img src="http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/HlVu72EHIljAj.Zg47HsZw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-09-16T062928Z_1007000001_LYNXMPEA8F067_RTROPTP_2_CNEWS-US-UKRAINE-CRISIS-RUSSIA-COLDWAR.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="Russia's PM Medvedev and Speaker of State Duma Sergei Naryshkin walk before Medvedev's address to the lower house of parliament in Moscow" align="left" title="Russia's PM Medvedev and Speaker of State Duma Sergei Naryshkin walk before Medvedev's address to the lower house of parliament in Moscow" border="0" /></a>By Lidia Kelly MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia risks slipping into recession because the government is not investing enough in the economy to weather Western sanctions, former finance minister Alexei Kudrin said on Tuesday, criticizing the strategy so far. A strong advocate of liberal reforms, Kudrin has become almost the only voice in the Russian elite to question economic policy since the Ukraine crisis, counting on his long-term close ties to President Vladimir Putin to protect him from censure. ...</p><br clear="all"/>


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