The growing middle class in Asia is consuming more, increasing the demand for resources and putting a strain on local production. Aluminum industry company RUSAL’s CEO Oleg Deripaska argues Russia is part of the solution in Asia.
If Vladimir Putin doesn’t win the presidency in the first round, he may face Communist leader Zyuganov with unpredictable results, says Anatoly Chubais, head of Russia’s hi-tech state corporation Rosnano and father of privatization in the 1990s.
Russia did not remain immune to the global turmoil in 2011, but performed better than other economies. Experts agree in 2012 its economy will follow basic world trends. Continuing mild recession, with no big economic shocks is the forecast.
Russia has been officially welcomed to the World Trade Organization, after nearly two decades of talks. The long-anticipated accession will be a boon for some industries, but is likely to hit tough on others, so Russians greet it with mixed feelings.
As the far-right Freedom Party takes the lead in Austria’s general election, its leader, Heinz-Christian Strache, has told RT what he thinks of EU immigration policy and expansion plans, and explained why he wants a national debate on Islamization.