Putin patrol: President appears after 11 days' absence

Vladimir Putin At WEF

For the past decade and a half, Russian President Vladimir Putin has rarely been absent from newsreels. Small wonder, then, that 11 days without a verified sighting of him has sparked conspiracy theories to rival those about the moon landings.

Russian economy is ready to grow

Vladimir Putin Clasps Hands

After a year of sanctions and a contraction, the Russian economy is ready for the upside. What it needs are economic reforms and international integration - not further sanctions and geopolitical isolation.