Before anyone accuses me of this, no this is not wishful thinking. Russian President Vladimir Putin is flexing his muscles, but is it a sign of strength or insecurity?
Russia has other problems. Pollution from old Soviet industries and a major demographic issue. Their population is dropping in free fall.
Alcohol is a major issue. The women outlive the men by twenty years. Will Russia wake up one fine morning and realize Siberia is Chinese? Don’t know how you would say Lebensraum in Chinese.
Will Russia have to contract, the way the Byzantine Empire did at the end? Only time will tell.
So what are the spooks haunting Vladimir Putin in the night?