Protests to catalyse Russian market reform

16 Dec 2011

The reform agenda in Russia, including a slate of privatisations, could gain fresh impetus as the country’s leaders respond to the large public protests held at the weekend to dispute parliamentary election results.

The protests, the biggest since the early 1990s, were well-handled by the authorities, said Otkritie Capital’s head of strategy, Tom Mundy, and showed that they were listening to the complaints of the middle classes.

"It was an important day for Russia," he said. "‘Watershed’ would be too strong a ...

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