THE Kremlin is leaning on Russia's oligarchs to spend US$120 billion on new investments by the end of Vladimir Putin's term after shelving plans to hike taxes on big business...

THE analytical tools of political science - which variously describe the Russian regime as undemocratic, illiberal, authoritarian or patronal - fall short of providing an understanding of legitimacy...

LAST week, the American public saw for the first time detailed, specific evidence that President Vladimir Putin's military commanders in Russia were engaged in a day-to-day, highly sophisticated...

BEFORE coming to Europe, US President Donald Trump raised eyebrows by predicting that Monday's historic Helsinki summit with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin would be the "easiest"...

COMMENTARY

AFTER a tumultuous week of unpredictable twists and turns during President Donald Trump's visit to Europe, anxiety levels have risen among experts and policymakers about the coming summit...