Vladimir Putin, President of Russia speaks during the Preliminary Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia at The Konstantin Palace on July 25, 2015 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
A quick scan of the press, social media and even some scholarly literature reveals significant discussion regarding the prospects for instability on the horizon for Russia. But while it is tempting to predict the beginning of the end for Putin, the theories all suffer from the same problem: They analyze Putin, the Kremlin and events in Russia from an overly Western perspective....
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