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Kasyanov predicts Russian economic crisis

The Russian economy will see an economic meltdown in 2015 -2016 the former prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov has told BBC HARDtalk.

"Next year there will be budget cuts, then later there will be a cut in imports and then there will be a balance of payment crisis," he said.

He also expressed his support for a widening of the sanctions being placed on the Russian economy by the EU and US.

Mr Kasyanov was dismissed from his post in 2004 and has become one of the most vocal critics of the President Vladimir Putin.

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