Fitch cuts Russia outlook due to political risk
That means it is less likely to upgrade the country, which has been relatively unaffected by the European debt crisis and recently enjoyed profits from rising oil prices.
Fitch cited both the potential impact of weakening global growth and domestic political uncertainty.
Russia's parliamentary election last month triggered a wave of public discontent over alleged vote fraud, including the largest protest rallies in the post-Soviet era.
Fitch said that although there is little doubt Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will win March's presidential election, it is unclear how he will respond to the protests.
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