Amid a slew of familiar and unfavourable faces, Putin is likely to win another term as president.
Russian politics and foreign policy will take centre stage for in 2018.
A focus on short-term gains may lead to blowback for Beijing and Russia’s state-owned oil company.
Any hope for a reset in US-Russia relations under President Donald Trump have all but vanished.
China and Russia champion ‘cyber sovereignty’ but the idea may collapse under its economic weight.
The muted Russia-China rivalry has extended to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.