“Gay rights supporters organised a mass “kiss-in” outside the Duma in Moscow to demonstrate against the bill that outlaws “propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality and transgenderism” targeted at minors.”

WEF says that political and economic change in Russia needs not necessarily come from the country’s centre but peripheral regions can be drivers in their own right.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/427882/20130125/wef-russia-report-oil-energy-vladimir-putin.htm

WEF Paints Bleak Outlook for Russia’s Economy

 IBTimes UK detailed in December last year, Russia faces a drop in 2013 GDP to 2.5 percent, from 3.4 percent in 2012. Forecasts also detail a 1.6 percent rise in inflation to reach 6.7 percent by the end of this year for Russia.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/427882/20130125/wef-russia-report-oil-energy-vladimir-putin.htm

The World Economic Forum has cautioned that Russia’s economy is at a crossroads and significant changes are needed in order to stabilise and sustain growth and prevent social unrest.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/427882/20130125/wef-russia-report-oil-energy-vladimir-putin.htm