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In a surprise move, clearly aimed at bolstering his own personal power and security, President Vladimir Putin has announced the formation of a Russian National Guard. The new entity is to be created within the Ministry of the Interior (MVD) and its mandate will be to fight terrorism and organized crime. This, however, is a mere facade. ...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
Vladimir Putin has reduced Russia’s previously active opposition to sullen defiance, but many observers believe the country is entering a period of stagnation under the former ‘macho man’, now 60 years old. If he becomes a ‘lame duck’ president and hangs on to office until 2018, the outlook for Russia’s economy is bleak.