Russian economy shrinks 3.7 percent in 2015

MOSCOW, Rabi’II 15, 1437, Jan 25, 2016, SPA — Russia’s economy shrank by 3.7 percent in 2015 as the country struggled with the low oil price and international sanctionsm, AP reported.
The state statistics service says in a preliminary report Monday that last year also saw a 10 percent drop in retail sales and a one-third drop in foreign trade.
With Russian government revenues hurt by the fall in the oil price, the government has said it will have to make cuts to the budget for 2016, which was adopted in October and based on an oil price of $50 per barrel.

–SPA
13:36 LOCAL TIME 10:36 GMT