In a HARDtalk interview first broadcast on 19 February 2008, Stephen Sackur talks to the former Russian Prime Minister, Ygor Gaidar.
Rising oil prices, increased foreign investment, higher domestic consumption have all helped to bolster Russia's economic growth.
But how sustainable is Russia's economy when much of it is dependent on the price of oil and gas?
Stephen Sackur talks to the man who introduced capitalism to the country but who many Russians blame for the economic turmoil of the early 90s under President Yeltsin.
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