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Russia Has Its Bulls, Bears and Just About Everything in Between

These six charts show why Russia is polarizing analysts and investors

Ever since President Vladimir Putin initiated his foray into Ukraine last year, Russian financial markets have been swinging lower and higher with each twist and turn in the saga. The declines, of course, have been a lot more pronounced than the gains, but the last move -- one that began in January -- has been clearly up. 

That last surge higher, highlighted by the ruble’s 12 percent advance since the end of January, has investors and analysts wondering what to make of Russian asset prices a year into the conflict.