The Putin oligarchs are billionaires who serve at the discretion of the state. The original Yeltsin-type oligarchs owned the state.
Putin embarked on yet another re-election bid, making full use of his constitutional changes over the years.
Putin rules like a Czar, deeply conservative, fearful of unrest, placing stability above all else.
Should the United States partner up with Russia on counter-terrorism in the Caucasus?
Can Russia ever become a modern, economically competitive, democratic society as long as Putin is in charge?
What has enabled Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi to weather North Africa's tsunami of popular revolutions?
Why does former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev not get credit for ending the Cold War?
Why have relations between the West and Russia become increasingly frosty?
Does Dmitry Medvedev’s first address as Russia’s President suggest a re-democratization of Russia?