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Ireland benefited from the globalisation Putin wishes to dismantle

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            After 20 years of symbolising the growth of a post-Soviet middle class that would change their country into a social democracy ‘just like us’, it is all over for Russia and Ikea.

When Muscovites acquired their first Ikea shop in the year 2000, I, like other journalists and economists covering Russia at the time, declared it a watershed moment for a country that had defaulted on its obligations amid the instability of Boris Yeltsin’s administration.

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