The Russian presidential elections are this Sunday. President Putin’s preferred candidate, Dmitry Medvedev, is almost certain to win. We’re planning to discuss Russia’s role in the world on Friday’s programme.
Since Vladimir Putin took power at the start of the new millennium Russia has changed dramatically. Oil and gas dollars have ensured huge growth of the Russian economy, and allowed Russia to have an influential role in global politics.
Is Russia’s increased influence on the global stage a good thing? Should the West be scared of Russia? Should Russia be scared of the West?
We will be speaking to a number of people in Russia on the programme today as they look ahead to elections this Sunday. We’ve narrowed down the areas we want to discuss to, democracy, energy security, weapons and security and international relations.