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Putin Says State Asset Sales to Help Create New, Modern Economy

President Vladimir Putin
Russia's President Vladimir Putin stands and delivers the keynote speech on day one of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum 2012 in Saint Petersburg. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

June 21 (Bloomberg) -- President Vladimir Putin reiterated his commitment to sell the Russian government non-strategic assets, saying state asset sales are needed to create a “new, modern” economy.

Putin was speaking at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia’s second-largest city today.

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