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Russian President Vladimir Putin is intent on restoring his nation as a formidable world power, analysts say. "Russia has been a great power for centuries. And it remains one," he said in a terse but little-noticed acceptance speech when President Boris Yeltsin promoted him to prime minister in 1999. (Associated Press)

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Minnesota Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, right, of Russia, swats away a shot past Nashville Predators right wing Patric Hornqvist, left, of Sweden, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in St. Paul, Minn., Sunday, April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)