Russia is a former superpower that retains muscle memory from its better days. Both in its near periphery and beyond, it’s capable of doing damage. But as the Ukraine war goes on, the impact of its extraterritorial adventures could take a toll at home.

Russia benefits from an array of allies, partners, and fellow travelers, including Belarus, China, India, Iran, and North Korea.

In his annual press conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed his thoughts on the Ukraine war, economy, and upcoming elections.