What would a Trump victory in the upcoming U.S. Presidential election mean for Ukraine? How sustainable is Russia's spend on defense? And how will the relationship between Russia and Iran play out?
These were just some of the unanswered questions asked of Orlando Figes, historian, professor emeritus and author of "The Story of Russia," at the Pensions & Investments WorldPensionSummit, held in The Hague, Netherlands last month.
Figes gave an overview of how narratives from Russia's past have shaped its present, and, following a lengthy Q&A session, delegates had more questions still. As such, Figes agreed to answer the questions we did not get to on the day. Questions and answers have been edited for style, clarity and conciseness.