It is the country’s capacity to change from within that will determine its economic prospects.
Vladimir Putin has probably never looked forward to any year as much as he is looking forward to 2017. With Donald Trump settling into the White House and Europe in political disarray, the Russian President will feel that his decision to face down the west over Syria and Ukraine has been vindicated. His fortunes will continue to rise if, as expected, the French Presidential election in May becomes a run-off between two pro-Putin right-wingers, François Fillon and Marine Le Pen. With a bit of …read more
Source: New Statesman