Tough sanctions isolate Russia, sparking regional uncertainty

Russia’s neighbors could suffer from inflation, credit contagion.

A screen displaying the exchange rate at a currency-exchange office in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Tuesday. The Russian currency plunged about 30 percent against the U.S. dollar Monday after Western nations announced moves to block some Russian banks from the SWIFT international payment system and to restrict Russia's use of its massive foreign-currency reserves. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

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