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Moscow, Dec. 17, 2015: Screens show Russian President Vladimir Putin during his annual news conference; much of the focus was on Russia’s involvement in Syria and Ukraine (source: dpa)

Global trends: 2016 and 2017 will set Putin’s future

The outlook for Russia this year is more complex and harder to predict than at any point since President Vladimir Putin took power 16 years ago. Mr. Putin has ruthlessly ratcheted up the stakes in his drive to ensure that Russia is once again recognized as a great power with a voice in global affairs that cannot be ignored. The coming 12 to 18 months will be decisi...

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