Vladimir Putin is now 66, the average age of death for a Russian male. He keeps fit so we can expect he will live longer than his fellow Russian men, whose standard of living and health care has not been at the forefront of his near two decades of rule, writes Denis MacShane.
The latest phase of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is just another reminder of Armenia's unenviable geopolitical position, as significantly, its valuable alliance with Russia has not helped, writes Stratfor’s Eugene Chausovsky.
Russia’s economy continues to die a slow death, and is forecasted to contract even further this year. Europe must shine a spotlight on Russian business practices that threaten to have a global impact, writes Sir Graham Watson.
Dr Fraser Cameron argues that little will be achieved by today's (9 June) EU-Russia summit and that, in an age of budget cuts and austerity, the participants should consider restricting such gatherings to once a year.
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