Why President Putin's weakness is so dangerous for Russia

Vladimir Putin, in the white shirt, playing ice hockey (photo: dpa)
Vladimir Putin, in the white shirt, playing ice hockey (photo: dpa)

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.

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

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