According to PMI, the Russian services sector grew a little quicker in March

Moscow: Despite the fact that export orders fell for the first time in over a year and labour concerns continued to be a concern for businesses, growth in Russia’s services sector accelerated in March as new orders began to come in, according to a poll released on Wednesday.
The Russian services sector’s S&P Global Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) increased to 51.4 in March from 51.1 in February, just above the 50-point threshold that denotes growth from contraction.

“New business continued to expand, and at a faster pace, but a renewed contraction in new export orders weighed on total new sales,” S&P Global said in a statement.
Over the last year, labour shortages have caused issues for the Russian economy as a whole, but service providers have managed to grow employment for eight consecutive months.
“Pressure on capacity, as evidenced by another rise in backlogs of work, remained present despite a stronger upturn in employment,” S&P Global said.
Businesses, however, continued to be optimistic about future production.
“Although the degree of confidence slipped to a three-month low, it was historically strong, with firms noting that positive expectations were underpinned by hopes of further upticks in client demand and investment in advertising campaigns,” stated S&P Global.
According to a related poll released on Monday, new export business increased for the first time in five months, while industrial activity in Russia climbed in March at the quickest pace in over eighteen years.