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Russia’s Sphere of Influence

We chart the growth of the former Soviet economies to get a better sense of the economic balance of power in the region.

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6 March, 2014

One of the initial sources of tension between Ukraine and Russia is economic – whether Ukraine should pursue economic ties with the West or strengthen ties to Russia. In the graphic below, we chart the growth of the former Soviet economies to get a better sense of the economic balance of power in the region.

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