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Could oil price topple Putin?


There is a fascinating theory that links the fall of the Soviet Union to the collapse of oil prices in the 80s of last century. And there is a widespread opinion among economists and Kremlin experts that today’s Russia is based on the price of crude oil. They call it "the one-hundred-dollar-a-barrel country." History sometimes repeats.

There is a fascinating theory that links the fall of the Soviet Union to the collapse of oil prices in the 80s of last century. And there is a widespread opinion among economists and Kremlin experts that today’s Russia is based on the price of crude oil. They call it “the one-hundred-dollar-a-barrel country.” History sometimes repeats.

 
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