Putin Attempts to Ease Investors

May 27, 2014 7:07 PM

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President Vladimir Putin attempted to reassure global business leaders — jittery over the U.S.-led sanctions campaign against Russia — to stay in the country as he met with them at St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on May 23.

“Think of the benefits of working in Russia, don’t give in to pressure and blackmail, and we will help you,” Putin said at the 18th annual gathering, which saw a severely diminished showing by U.S. executives. Many of them ducked the forum at the request of Barack Obama’s administration, which is in...

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