Growth in 2008 was driven largely by non-tradable services and domestic manufacturing, rather than exports.
During the past decade, poverty and unemployment declined steadily and the middle class continued to expand.
Doctors in Russia have reportedly been instructed to perform virginity tests on underage girls.
The Russian Investigative Committee has instructed medical professionals to gain evidence of sexual activity in girls under the age of 16, according to the However health minister Vladimir Shuldyakov said doctors must follow the order and “inform police about all cases when virginity was lost as well as about cases of pregnancies and abortions involving girls under 16 years old.” The order instructs doctors to check the “integrity of the hymen” and look for signs of damage.
Doctors in Ufa said 'all her internal organs' were damaged in the brutal assault, which caused her to have a heart attack and go into a coma.