The United States and Russia probably do not have common aims and dreams, but they have common worries: Both Washington and Moscow are concerned about the rise of China and are threatened by the rise of radical Islam.
In 2008, Putin's message was, 'We aren't like a Central Asian republic, we aren't going to build a personalistic regime, we will have institutions.' This is all abolished now. The very idea of a governing party and party career, as you have in China, that didn't work.
For the European Union, Russia is as important politically and economically as China is to the U.S.
Transparency is not about restoring trust in institutions. Transparency is the politics of managing mistrust.
William Kent Krueger