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Economist: Russia risks becoming 'sick man of Europe'

3 March 2014 Last updated at 14:58 GMT

Russia's economy could suffer long term damage if turmoil in Ukraine continues, an economist has warned.

The country's currency, the rouble, has fallen to an all-time low against the dollar and euro.

Neil Shearing, emerging markets expert at Capital Economics, said the country's economy had become "increasingly vulnerable and weak".

He told BBC Radio 5 live's Beccy Meehan: "It's going to go from potentially being one of Europe's star performers to being the sick man of Europe unless we see some big economic reforms."

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