A few months ago there was much angst about Russia's invasion of Georgia signaling new hegemony.

Bloomberg TV this morning reported that Medvedev economic adviser, Arkady Dvorkovich, saying the majority of the Russian economy will collapse within 10 years due to various structural problems. (sorry, can't find a link)

Putin knew this day was coming and was desperately trying to push out Russian influence before the inevitable collapse. It looks like that day will be coming sooner rather than later.

Obama has just recently decided to maintain the Bush policy of missile defense based in Poland, reversing his campaign promise. Russian thought the west would back off on this policy. No such luck. Now Obama is also cozying up to the Turks which will add additional pressure on Russians southern flank.

Russia is dying.

Perhaps our resident kremlinologist, medved, can comment.