With the Russian economic outlook in the black, the government is now readjusting its industrial policy and throwing green energy into the mix.
American sanctions threat fuels tensions surrounding Russia’s plans to expand gas supplies to Europe.
Chinese investment links to Russia are rising and broadening, and Moscow is now able to win better terms than before.
Western commentators rush in too fast with Kremlin's take on the language issue, says columnist Kateryna Kruk.
Russian government plans remain vague and still obsessed with security, while the sector lacks seed finance.
Feverish speculation over Dmitri Medvedev's successor reflects a feeling that President Vladimir Putin is running out of steam, that he has no new ideas, and diminishing enthusiasm for the job.