The US-Russia spy swap today in Vienna was aimed at bringing a quick close to spy tales that have transfixed the media. But London – a magnet for Russians – is likely to remain a hotbed of spies.
The sale of GM's European unit to a Canadian-Russian consortium could help diversify Russia's energy-focused economy.
GM announced the tentative deal with Magna in May at a time when it was desperately trying to avoid bankruptcy protection.
Putin burnishes his image by unjamming 200 miles of traffic and helping 500 laid-off workers get back pay in a single-industry town. But critics say Russia's economic woes are beyond the reach of one individual.
But the 25 richest Russians listed by Forbes have lost a combined $230 billion – a possible opportunity for the Kremlin to bolster conservative business allies.