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Isolated Russian Outpost Withers Under Confrontation With West

The Baltic Sea outpost of Kaliningrad was once touted as Russia's future Hong Kong: separated from the mainland, with a special status that would allow it to thrive through trade. But for Igor Pleshkov, who employs 300 workers in a cement factory in this region of 1 million people wedged between EU members Lithuania and Poland, the future now looks dark. He has watched his business wither in recent months, brought low by protectionist measures imposed by Moscow in retaliation for...

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