There are three trends in Russia that could push the second nuclear power toward dramatic and dangerous events. The first is the delegitimization of the regime. The younger, urban generation is aware of the farce that Russian democracy has become. That attitude was exemplified by the fact that 370,000 Russians signed up to be poll watchers in the presidential elections, an almost unprecedented display of distrust by a people for its own government.

The second trend promoting Russian instability is its utter dependence on oil exports. …

Finally, by reinforcing his political position with constant references to a threat from the West, Putin is encouraging the growth of radical nationalism….

Putin Rising, Russia Regressing – The Editors – National Review Online

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