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Europe Amid recession and predatory officials, Russia's small businesses hang on

Small businesses are a small part of Russia's oligarch-dominated economy. But despite the headwinds they face – and the instability they could bring to the current order – they are showing resilience amid the downturn.

Kirill Okunev's British-style pub, in the heart of this provincial industrial city, is like a slice of England – if you can picture that with mainly Russian cuisine on the menu and a bitter sub-zero wind howling just outside the door.

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