Not with the "fake growth" BS again...
About Russia: the economy was obviously growing very fast during the last decade, whether we give any credit to Kudrin or not, I don't really care.
But the thing is, I'm not sure that 2014-15 was worse than 2008. In any case, Russia's GDP also recovered quickly.
Also, Russia's economy in 2014 was much stronger, more stable, more diversified than in 2008. Most in the West didn't actually realize that.
When it comes to Ukraine, some economic growth is certainly believable. It's not hard to believe that things are better than they were back in 2014, the war is not actively being ongoing and things have more or less stabilized.
So no wonder there is some growth after that mess. But considering that 1. Ukraine was already very poor by Eastern European standards, much poorer than Russia before 2014, and 2. that the GDP declined by something like over 10% in 2014, 2% is nothing to write home about. Although I think that Ukraine's economy already grew last year. It's going to take them some time before they even reach the shitty level of 2014.
The point is that I don't see any issues with the GDP statistics. You don't seem to understand the simple fact that poorer economics should grow faster than the rich ones in order to catch up.
So 2% for Ukraine is much less than it's for Russia. But while 2% is enough for a fully developed economy, it's not quite enough for Russia either, in the long term. All things considered, it's a good start though.
Again, Russia needs to grow by 3.5-4% a year. Ukraine? Atleast by 5-6%. Very basic stuff, economics 101, everyone agrees, including the Russian authorities, that is why they are targeting a growth rate above the global average (around 3%). But whatever...
And kvs, Ukraine's GDP couldn't decline much further. So no wonder it didn't. It's not surprising that there is some growth currently, or rather recovery to the level 2014 (and they're still not there, nowhere close actually), but again: that's not an achievement. We can all agree that it's a shithole. Doesn't change a thing.