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Flaming Shrub - your statement couldn't be farther from the truth. It was your beloved Putin who banned Polish imports. Russia's feeble attempt to bolster their own collapsing agriculture sector has nothing to do with the EU problem in Poland.


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Smouldering Hedge - did you bother to read the Newsweek article you linked? Do you know anything about the examples cited in that article? For example Severstal steel and its oligarch owner Mordashov? Or Rosneft, one of the main post-Yukos fronts for Putin's kleptocracy? The only people who are benefiting from your so-called booming Russian economy are the billionaire cronies of Vlad. And as for the real topic of this forum, Duda and his allies are even more anti-Russia and fearful of Putin than the current administration.

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Duda's daughter Kinga is one of the hottest females of your species. She makes us want to take over your planet even more.

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The Russian economy is booming.

Not booming, but its economy unexpectedly grew, but only by 0.4%.


Russia’s economy unexpectedly grew in the fourth quarter before the full effect of the country’s currency crisis took hold. Gross domestic product expanded 0.4 percent from a year earlier after a revised 0.9 percent gain in the previous three months, the Federal Statistics Service in Moscow said on Wednesday, citing a preliminary estimate.

Still, it'll depend largely on the price of oil:

The economy may contract 3.8 percent this year if oil averages $53 a barrel, the World Bank said in a report issued on Wednesday, citing estimates based on its baseline scenario for Russia. GDP may drop 4.6 percent in 2015 at an average oil price of $45, according to the report.

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