Partial results from Ukraine’s parliamentary election on Sunday suggest a narrow victory for the governing party of Viktor Yanukovich, president since 2010.
It is still too early to say whether Yanukovich’s Party of Regions will be able to build a working majority, and at what political cost. But the election looks unlikely to make it any easier for Yanukovich to tackle his country’s pressing economic problems.
In autumn 2010 the IMF forecast growth for this year of nearly 5 per cent. It cut that forecast to 3 per cent a few weeks ago. That’s a significant revision, bearing in mind that the Fund cut its forecast for Russia by 1 percentage point, while for the whole CIS region its forecast for this year has fallen by only half a percentage point over the past two years.