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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.

Russia's 'Frank Sinatra' tops new sanctions list

Frank Sinatra by Gottlieb

The latest additions to the European Union's list of those Russians and Ukrainians who have had their European assets frozen and barred from travel to Europe for their role in the crisis in Ukraine, include a famous crooner along with several ministers in Putin's government.

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Putin patrol: President appears after 11 days' absence

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.

Vladimir Putin Clasps Hands

Russian economy is ready to grow

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.