The problem is that Russia is too different and every place has its own problems. Regions can use no more then a restricted sum so you can't simply invest there more money. Some regions are hopless at all, but they are populated by some proud small nationalities and they don't allow to attach them to other very capable regions. Just an example http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adygea is one of the poorest regions in the heart of a very rich Russian region.
Russia is too complex country.
I can't say something final about it because we still heavily argue on the chip. It doesn't even have a pipeline. We're discussing what it can be in future and how it's really scalable.
Russia to see sustained economic growth - Forbes
A report to this effect posted on Forbes’ website says Russia’s post-crisis economy is growing at a rate of 3-4%, which is higher than in nearly all EU countries.
Russia boasts the third largest currency reserves, which should reduce the impact of possible upheavals in the future, such as a drop in oil prices, the report says.
The Russian budget was implemented with surplus from January to October 2012, with expenditure being fairly normal in relation to the GDP, Forbes writes.
And as Russia’s unemployment rate has been declining steadily in recent years, the government is able to carry out a number of liberal reforms, the business magazine says.
Typically Forbes.I suppose it’s possible that the EU will never emerge from its current doldrums, but I think that the developed world will eventually get out of its funk and start to grow again.
US to Produce More Fuel Than Russia This Year – BP
MOSCOW, January 17 (RIA Novosti) – The United States is expected to surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia in 2013 as the world’s largest producer of crude oil and biofuels, British oil major BP said in its latest report published on Thursday.
The United States will overtake both Russia and Saudi Arabia in 2013 in liquids production due to rising production of shale oil and biofuels, but also due to expected OPEC production cuts, the forecast said.
Russia will likely pass Saudi Arabia for the second place in 2013 and hold this position until 2023. Saudi Arabia will regain the top oil producer slot by 2027.
“The US, Saudi Arabia, and Russia will supply over a third of global liquids,” the BP forecast said.
Russia will remain the world’s largest energy exporter by 2030, with increases in exports of all fossil fuels. Net energy exports will rise by 25 percent in volume terms.
Adjusting for expected economic growth, Russia is likely to remain significantly less dependent on energy exports than Saudi Arabia, the report said.