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