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Russian president's aide comments on economy growth

Moscow, 31 December: One of the Russian president's aides Sergey Yastrzhembskiy believes that the trends ensuring political stability in Russia were dominant in society in 2001.

"This is the basis, without which Russia would be unable to move forward with confidence," he said in an interview with Interfax.

The second result, the presidential aide stressed, is that despite all the world economy's ups and downs, the national economy continued to grow so that "the poverty zone has reduced" on this basis.

"This is very important for any country. The smaller this gap, the larger the middle class and the greater the chance that the country will get out of the clutches of economic and political upheavals," said Yastrzhembskiy.

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