Putin begins foreign trip to re-position Russia
Russia's president Vladimir Putin is going abroad officially and his trip will, to be sure, be fairly closely watched by observers and analysts of the foreign policy orientation and 'also conduct of a revitalised nation which strongly feels to be 'geostrategically squeezed by hostile forces. Russia recently tested a missile 'that is said to be capable of piercing NATO's anti-missiles shield and its economy is said to be not too bad. While it has been observed that Russia''s economy is over-'dependent on oil and gas, 'its scientific and technological base is still productive enough to manufacture many things the country and its peoples need. Although Russia''s treatment of dissidents is controversial, 'women in the country are free to participate and excel in all areas of public life.