WorldViews: Vladimir Putin, economist?

By Steven Mufson, March 17, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been called many things, but he's rarely been called an economist.

Yet in his recent news conferences and briefings, Putin has displayed a grasp of economic details that he says show Ukraine's underlying economic weakness and the economic peril for Ukraine of turning to the West. And he says Ukraine's economy depends on Russia not only as a source of natural gas, but also as a market for Ukraine's manufactured goods.

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