The Russian Central Bank's move to curb inflation by hiking interest rates has had the desired effect of controlling inflation, and led to a smaller rise in unemployment than may have been expected, Justin Velez-Hagan, an economic policy researcher at the University of Maryland, told Radio Sputnik.
"You really only saw about 0.5 percent to one percent increase in unemployment, which I think were to do with the specific policies, it wasn't a huge increase."
"It's reasonable comparing to other economies."
"When it comes down to any kind of investment strategy, diversification is key to longevity, and I think Russian higher-up officials are starting to realize that and starting to diversify."
"Once you do that, you see that little hits from other economies, sanctions, other political or geopolitical concerns have a lesser impact."