Financial Crisis in Russia

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People walk past boards showing currency exchange rates in Moscow, December 17, 2014. The dramatic fall in Russia’s rouble slowed on Wednesday, with the government selling foreign currency to prop it up after a 50 percent fall against the dollar this year. (Photo by Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters)

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Ksenya, a street musician from a village in Kaluga region, about 160 km. (100 miles) from Moscow, plays guitar to earn money in an underground subway with her daughter in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, December 17, 2014. She earns about 3000 Rubles (about $ 46 USD) a day and works a few days a month to make ends meet. The Russian government looked at ways of easing the selling pressure on the ruble Wednesday amid fears the country may face a full-blown bank run and as consumers look to buy big-ticket items before prices rise. (Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP Photo)

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A man exits with purchases past a woman begging at a hypermarket in St.Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, December 18, 2014. The Russian economy will rebound and the ruble will stabilize, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday at his annual press conference, he also said Ukraine must remain one political entity, voicing hope that the crisis could be solved through peace talks. (Photo by Dmitry Lovetsky/AP Photo)

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Mannequins on the floor outside a shop in an underground passage in Moscow, December 17, 2014. (Photo by Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow, December 18, 2014. The rouble edged lower against the dollar on Thursday, with traders saying President Vladimir Putin had offered few concrete measures at his end-of-year news conference to pull Russia out of a crisis. (Photo by Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters)

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A patient holds a cat while watching a telecast of the annual end-of-year news conference of Russian President Vladimir Putin, with other patients at a rehabilitation centre for drug and alcohol addicts in Stavropol, southern Russia, December 18, 2014. Putin said on Thursday all his actions were aimed at consolidating the Russian society. (Photo by Eduard Korniyenko/Reuters)

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Russian police officers detain protesters who were going planning on asking Vladimir Putin their own questions at today’s news conference, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, December 18, 2014. The Russian economy will rebound and the ruble will stabilize, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday at his annual press conference, he also said Ukraine must remain one political entity, voicing hope that the crisis could be solved through peace talks. (Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP Photo)

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