Russia has been closely involved in world events for centuries. Its policies have been determined by a number of internal influences, from many parts of the political spectrum. One of these influences is the extreme right, which is being watched very carefully today. The evolution of the extreme right in Russia in recent years has been characterised, in part, by its opposition to President Vladimir V. Putin's government, but also by its cooperation with this regime, as some on the extreme right help Russia's leaders achieve their ambitions for power in both domestic and foreign policy.