Over the last decade the Russian Federation has reclaimed its place as a big player on the global stage, and is one of the key figures in the changes taking place across the world. It’s a country experiencing a period of rapid growth, which has both great potential and some stark contradictions, as well as many uncertainties in its future.
The latest edition of Oxygen takes you deep inside this new Russia, from the richness of its natural resources to technological advancement, cultural attainment and its youth movements, as well as the 2014 Winter Olympics in Soči.
With its 17 million square kilometres of land and some of the largest reserves of minerals, oil and gas, Russia has enormous potential in natural resources and energy production and has a wide-ranging programme that aims to find different sources of development and attract new forms of investment that that will maintain current levels of economic growth for the future.
Featuring analysis and articles from those in the know that touch on the biggest issues facing Russia today, this issue takes a snapshot of a country grappling with challenges that are key now and for the future, in which it could be caught between consolidating relations with Europe and the temptations coming from the East.
To tell the story of Russia’s reawakening and offer a look at the country’s future, Oxygen features the speech made by Vladimir Putin made at the plenary session of the latest St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, alongside analysis from Marta Dassù, under-secretary of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who deals with relations between Russia, Europe and the United States, as well the links between Moscow and Rome.
The issue also allows some space for Russian society and the changes taking place to the country’s culture and youth over the last few years, while Carlo Tamburi , Director of Enel’s International Division, rounds things off by offering a glimpse at Russia’s energy industry, as well as the work of the Enel Group, which is the number one international operator in Russia today.