Here's an article from Bloomberg that I wanted to include. Some of you may have read this piece on Russia yesterday, but for those who missed it and would like to get a glimpse of what's going on behind the stage curtains, have a look.
See: "Russian Killings Signal Start of Presidential Election Campaign".
Lots of interesting stuff coming out now in the Western press concerning present day Russia.
Earlier in the week, Wall St. Journal ran a front page article on one of the men behind the scenes, Vladimir Surkov, who helped organize Putin's rise to power.
Also, I notice the latest issue of The Economist features a cover depicting Vladimir Putin as a 1930s gangster, and brandishing a gasoline pump nozzle made to look like a Tommy gun. The caption reads, "Don't Mess With Russia".
What will happen in the coming years? I'm almost afraid to ask.