For once, I almost agree with Ben-Ariel. (Zero, I think I need my medication now...) Russia does have, in my mind, a number of problems right now. (1) The questionable activity regarding the forthcoming elections - one party crushed, another opponent imprisioned... (2) The lack of justice in some cases. Russia does appear to be making a step in the totalitarian direction, of late. (3) The continued crisis in Chechnya, which is serving to radicalise both sides. Soon, negotiation may be impossible, and we may really get another Israel-Palestine situation. Any idea of a solution? Can Putin handle it, or does he have to go? Can the US exert any postive pressure to resolve Russia's turmoils? Discuss.