Everyone has heard of the economic trouble that has plagued Russia in the past but it seems as if they might actually pull out ot it. An article I read on msnbc.com had some information that I found to be interesting, such as according to Forbes magazine Moscow has the largest contingent of billionaires in the world, and in the real estate industry you need at least $1-2 million to find something decent in the area. Quite the change from 15 years ago.
The change has not affected all areas of Russia, though. It's mostly just the major cities like Moscow or St. Petersburg. 20 miles outside of Moscow many people are still living without many main commodities: running water, electricity, gas, etc.
The growth is not free of concern, though. Russia's agricultural and industrial sectors are both in bad shape. A link off of the previously mentioned article states that Russia's economy doesn't grow unless the price of oil is rising. Many people are questioning what strengths Russia has outside of it's natural resources.