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War in Ukraine: the Russian economy "suffers a lot", the official figures are "propaganda" for Macron


During a trip to Val-de-Marne, the president largely put Russian statistics into perspective, which showed some resistance to economic sanctions.


The Russian economy is suffering a lot

," said Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, who said he "

did not believe

" in the "


" of official statistics published by Moscow.

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Asked on the sidelines of a trip to the Rungis market (Val-de-Marne), about the official figures on the contraction of Russian gross domestic product (GDP) by 2.1% in 2022, the French president replied: "

it is they who say -2%, I say that it is much more


They make money off the gas they sell to others but the rest of the economy suffers a lot.

So I don't believe these figures at all

,” said the head of state.

Russian statistics "

it's propaganda, it's a country that is no longer a democratic, free country, with an independent (statistical) institute

", he judged.

Russian Agency figures

Russia's GDP contracted by 2.1% in 2022, according to figures from Russia's Rosstat Statistics Agency released on Monday (February 20th), as the economy appears to be weathering the impact of heavy Western sanctions better than expected. after Moscow's offensive in Ukraine.

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Emmanuel Macron also underlined that "

hundreds of thousands of young people (...) left so as not to be mobilized

" and that the Russians had "

lost a lot of opportunities

" from an economic point of view.

Source: lefigaro

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