Riches from oil and gas bought Russia time to delay radical economic reforms. But the country now has to face the hard truth about its shambolic state, writes GIS expert Professor Stefan Hedlund

IN the glory days of its Soviet incarnation, Moscow was the capital city of a superpower with truly global reach.

Its nuclear arsenal combined with its very substantial conventional armed forces to ensure that Russia simply could not be ignored.

To members of the Soviet elite, the associated sense of being superior to China and on a ...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
Putin's hardline speech drove home that Russia was no longer ready to accept being ignored. It demanded to be heard and respected
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