New reports of the Economic Monitoring Project have been recently published, they can be freely downloaded here: http://www.hse.fi/EN/cemat/projects/economicmonitoring/reports/2009 These reports describe economic and social developments in the first half of 2009. At this site you can also find our previous reports covering the period from 2000 till 2009. Each report describes one of the following regions of NW Russia: Murmansk, Russian Karelia, Leningrad oblast, St. Petersburg, Novgorod and Kaliningrad. In addition, there is a summary report. All the reports are available in Finnish, Russian and English.
I have co-authored the reports on Russian Karelia and the Leningrad and Novgorod regions.