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The World Bank recently announced that Russia jumped from 35th to 31st place in its annual ‘Doing Business Report’ evaluating the ease of doing business in 190 countries based on parameters such as ease in starting a business, registering property, getting loans, paying taxes, and enforcing contracts. Russia’s rank in the 2018 report puts it ahead of several Western countries, including Belgium and Italy. Russia has steadily risen in the overall “Doing Business” rankings since 2011 when it ranked 120th. Upon returning to the Kremlin in 2012 Putin signed a decree setting the goal of reaching 20th place by 2018 (“Russia falls short of Putin’s top 20 Doing Business goal,” Intellinews.com, 31 October 2018 and “Russia climbed to 31st place in Doing Business-2019 rating,” TASS, 31 October 2018). As I wrote last year: The World Bank announced that Russia jumped from 40th to 35th place in its annual ‘Doing Business Report’ evaluating the ease of doing business in 190 countries based on…