Vladimir Putin Says Russia Could Return to Economic Growth Within Two Years – Wall Street Journal

MOSCOW—Vladimir Putin said Russia has seen the worst of the economic troubles caused by Western sanctions and plunging oil prices, striking an upbeat tone in his annual, national call-in program.

The bulk of the four-hour show—broadcast live on national television—was taken up with economic concerns, highlighting the importance of pocketbook issues for Russians as inflation has surged and the economy slides into recession.