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"There is total paranoia concerning renewables here," said Alexei Zhikarev, who heads the Russia renewable energy programme for the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation.

"Lots of organisations are spreading ideas with cloak-and-dagger overtones that America and Europe are trying to use their technologies to replace hydrocarbons to put Russia at risk," he said during an energy conference in Moscow last week.

Russia’s official energy policy calls for 4.5 percent of the country’s power to come from renewable sources by the end of this decade, and green energy experts say its expansive coastline, forest cover and favourable topography should mean that meeting this goal would not be a problem.

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