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
One possible scenario is that Mr Putin responds to a renewed wave of protest by calling early elections to the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament
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