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Russia's Economy Expected to Perform Better Than US, Germany, and UK

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By Abi Gibson - - 5 Mins Read
Russian President and Leader Valdimir Putin
Valdimir Putin, Russia's President | Aynur Mammadov / Shutterstock

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects Russia's economy to grow by 3.2% by 2024, surpassing the growth rates of the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

Despite tensions and economic sanctions, Russia appears to outpace the Western economies.

IMF's forecasts demonstrate Russia's robustness, given its ability to handle adverse situations.

Russia's projected growth rate is impressive compared to the U.S.'s expected growth rate of 2.7%, the UK's 0.5%, and Germany's 0.2%.

This achievement is particularly noteworthy, considering the country's strained relations with other countries following its invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

The sanctions imposed by Western countries on Russia appear to have had the opposite effect intended, as Russia has become more self-sufficient and innovative.

Russia has focused on developing its industries and expanding into new markets, which has helped mitigate the impact of the sanctions. Additionally, exporting commodities such as oil to countries like India and China has significantly contributed to Russia's revenue.

Due to increased spending on defense and production, Russia has significantly expanded its military and industry. This investment has helped Russia prepare for potential conflicts.


Russian military officials marching in procession
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Future Predictions and Problems

IMF predicts Russia's growth will be positive in 2024, but may subside to 1.8% in 2025 due to reduced investments and spending.

“If you look at Russia today, production goes up, and consumption goes down. And that is pretty much what the Soviet Union used to look like—high level of production, low level of consumption,” said Kristalina Georgieva, the head of the IMF.

However, she also stressed concerns that Russia may face a brain drain as the sanctions may restrict the acquisition of modern technologies.

Moreover, Russia still faces some old challenges from Soviet times, such as excessive production with a lack of demand. This situation may pose a long-term obstacle to Russia's future growth.

Elvira Nabiullina, the leader of Russia's central bank, recently addressed both the positive and negative aspects of Russia's economy.

Despite some growth, there is a shortage of workers. To address these issues, difficult decisions must be made regarding the country's monetary supply and price regulation.

Vladimir Putin's recent reelection as President of Russia for the fifth time has brought to the fore his plans to improve the quality of life of the populace by investing in education, healthcare, and infrastructure.

His proposed strategy involves levying higher taxes on affluent individuals and large-scale enterprises to ensure equitable economic growth distribution among all society sections.