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IMF warns: Russia’s Economic Recovery Setback: Brace for Tough Times Ahead!


Russia’s economy ‘in for very tough times’ despite improved growth outlook, IMF managing director says


The head of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, warned that the Russian economy faces challenges despite a recent growth upgrade.

The IMF doubled its growth forecast for Russia in 2023 from 1.1% to 2.6%.

However, Georgieva sees trouble ahead, citing a war economy fueled by state investment in the military and a decline in consumption.

Defense spending has skyrocketed, reaching 30% of fiscal expenditure, while over 800,000 people have left Russia, including highly skilled workers.

Georgieva believes that the outflow of people and reduced access to technology due to sanctions will lead to tough times for Russia.

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    “In late January, the International Monetary Fund more than doubled its forecast for the pace of Russia’s economic growth this year, raising it from 1.1% in October to 2.6%.”


    “Russian defense spending has skyrocketed since the beginning of war.”

    “The head of the International Monetary Fund warns Russian economy is still facing significant challenges.”

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