As of February 2015, three major problems facing Russia include poor social cohesion, weak institutions and a growing need for energy production. This country also faces other problems including pollution and alcohol-related complications.
Russia greatly relies on oil for its industries and this makes it difficult for the country to compete economically with other players around the world who have embraced the use of alternative energy sources. Another challenge that this country faces regards its institutions which are generally considered as corrupt and prone to mismanagement. The third problem facing this country is a lack of social cohesion due to lack of trust between members of the Russian society.