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A former deputy chairman of the Russian Central Bank has said Russia’s economic crisis is worse than Moscow admits and that the Kremlin’s optimism about future prospects "has not been based on reality."
The settlement built for construction workers on a hydroelectric project in Kyrgyzstan is now a ghost town. The workers departed soon after the project was abandoned last month. But the locals are hoping the Russians will soon be back.
Russia faced rebukes from Western leaders at a prominent security conference over its actions in Ukraine, its bombing campaign in Syria, and what NATO denounced as Moscow's "posturing" about its nuclear might.
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Migration and mistrust in a small Finnish town.
In an area already ravaged by war and poverty, the Kuchis are living the kind of hard life on the Af-Pak border that much of the world has long forgotten.
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