Russian President Vladimir Putin’s dismissal last week of his longtime chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov, has provoked intense curiosity, market uncertainty and even speculation about Putin’s own imminent retirement. Neither Russian nor Western observers seem to know quite what to make of the move.
It may be the shortest golden era on record. Barely nine months after Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the U.K. seemed to cement a “very special relationship” between London and Beijing, China’s ambassador to the U.K. is warning that relations are now at a “crucial historical juncture.”
The Russian state space corporation Roscosmos announced plans to reduce the number of cosmonauts at the International Space Station from three to two, to improve efficiency and reduce costs. In an email interview, Asif Siddiqi, a professor at Fordham University, discussed Russia’s space program.