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.

A YEAR after winning an election for his third presidential term, Vladimir Putin faces an uncertain future.

It has been a turbulent time, both for Russia and its leader.

The political landscape has undergone fundamental change and as the economy turns sour - as everyone expects t...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
Mr Putin berates the cabinet for failing to honour the lavish spending promises made during his election campaign. He appears to be in denial over the need to cut expenditure and reform the pension system
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