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Putin Says Russia Must Avoid Liberal Economic Experiments

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Russia must avoid liberal “experiments” to ensure sustainable economic growth as it seeks to become one of the world’s top five economies by 2020.

“The country needs decades of solid, steady growth without going back and forth with ill-thought-out experiments based on often unfounded liberalism and social demagoguery,” Putin, 58, said in a speech to lawmakers today, less than a year before presidential elections in which both he and President Dmitry Medvedev have said they may run.