Putin and Trump both invoke a kind of religion that emphasises a past golden age, rather than shared practices of church attendance and piety.
Re-elected for a fourth term, Putin is not on the best terms with the rest of the world. But does he actually care?
Russia's economy is flatlining and the reasons boil down to poor governance.
Russia operates a system you might describe as 'electoral authoritarianism'.
The result of Russia's upcoming election is already known: President Vladimir Putin will be re-elected. Will he be content to be a lame duck, or will he undermine democracy to suit his ambition?
Vladimir Putin is leagues ahead of the rest in opinion polls. But he's more worried about turnout.
The polls seem to be swinging back in favour of the Andrews Labor government in Victoria, while in New South Wales it's neck-and-neck.
Stepping back from the current crisis in US-Russia relations, a Soviet expert asks: what's in store for Russia in the long term, and is a peaceful transition possible when Putin's gig is up?