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    MOSCOW, December 28 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian presidential economic adviser, Andrei Illarionov, has described the government resolution to extend the term of people's stay without registration up to 90 days as "the law the of the year."

    "This decision increases our freedom," Illarionov said at a press conference Tuesday that was devoted to the economic and political performance of the country in the outgoing year.

    At the same time, he noted that the Russians owed this decision to their Ukrainian peers who showed consistent approach to defending their position.

    The presidential adviser also classified all the events in the country as "nominations". For example, the appointment of Kakha Bendukidze to the post of Georgian economic minister was "the decision of the year", according to Illarionov.

    "The anti-decision of the year", he continued, was Russia's ratification of the Kyoto protocol. "This was an anti-decision for the whole world as well as Russia," said Illarionov.

    According to him, the idea of the year is that "this year, it became clear that doubling GDP will not befall Russia in the next 8-10 years." "The doubling of GDP is only possible, given a comprehensive and balanced economic policy," said the adviser. Russia, he added, changed the model of economic and public development this year, which is "the main result of the year," said Illarionov.

    "We have made a transition from the inertia model of development that was simultaneously liberal, to the interventionist model with substantial government interference," the presidential adviser stated.

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