Caught in the oil trap


Russia’s recent government reshuffle can be seen as a proof that President Vladimir Putin intends to fulfill his pre-election promises of radical improvements in economic performance, its monitoring and governance. The sack of a few unpopular ministers was definitely meant to show that the Kremlin is bent on changing how the country’s economy is run. However, the appointment of these former ministers to powerful positions in the presidential administration raises doubts as to whether the reshuffle will seriously affect government policies.


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