Russia Drifts Eastward?
Andrew C. Kuchins
(from CSIS's 2012 Global Forecast - http://csis.org/files/
Surprise, Vladimir Putin is back as Russian president. For the first time in his now 12-year reign as Russia’s “national leader,” however, he has encountered dramatic public opposition to his rule. Putin will be inaugurated on May 7, 2012, with both his authority and legitimacy under greater question than ever before.