On Sunday more than 100 million Russian voters are going to the polls in presidential elections. Vladimir Putin is expected to glide to a comfortable win, extending his 18-year rule.
On August 9, 1999, Vladimir Putin became prime minister of Russia for the first time. Today opinions on the longtime leader have never been this divided, writes DW's Miodrag Soric — in Russia, as well as abroad.
Moscow's wave of protests has no leader, but 31-year-old Lyubov Sobol has emerged as one of its most visible protagonists. Instead of participating in a weekend protest, she was detained by police in the Russian capital.
After the demise of the INF arms control treaty last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed that any development of intermediate-range missiles by the US would be reciprocated. He called for dialogue.
Plato's ideals of what makes a good ruler have shaped Western intellectual history and our understanding of modern politics. But world leaders are increasingly turning their backs on these ideals, says Alexander Görlach.
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