Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 7:44 am
by writeside
This is a very risky gambit for Putin. The Russian economy is already faltering and their currency is dropping. Increasing sanctions, Europe seeking other sources for their energy needs, like the US, and exclusion from the world economy could cause a rapid decline in the Russian standard of living.

Can he put the Russian people back in the box of "patriotic scarcity" once again? Will the oligarchs who love him now continue to love him?

I think Putin has made a grave mistake...