On 14 June, Russia opened the FIFA World Cup and won the first game. On the same day, the Russian government announced unpopular bills.
On 22 May, the Russian State Duma adopted a law on measures to counter the hostile actions of the United States and other countries.
On 15 May, Vladimir Putin officially opened the bridge connecting Russia with the Crimean Peninsula via the Kerch Strait.
The ceremony of swearing in Vladimir Putin for a fourth presidency took place on 7 May at the Kremlin.
On the night of 13 to 14 April, armed forces from the United States, the United Kingdom and France bombed three sites in Syria.
On 6 April, the Trump administration introduced additional, more severe sanctions against Russia, covering 24 people and 14 companies.
The Russian oligarchs Ziyavudin and Magomed Magomedov, who control the Summa holding were arrested on 31 March.
According to official data, the death toll of the fire at the Winter Cherry shopping mall in Kemerovo was 64 (77 according to the list made by the victims’ families).
A presidential election was held in Russia on 18 March. As expected, it was won by Vladimir Putin, who garnered, according to official results, almost 77% of the votes.
The current system of government in Russia will not collapse, although signs of destabilisation may appear. The authorities will not carry out any reforms, political or economic. A process of ‘technocratisation’ will take place. The economy will remain dependent on external factors. Despite the implementation of energy infrastructure projects, exports of raw materials will not rise significantly.