Crimea is illegally occupied by Russia
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
I think Putin would be surprised if he found out he has to come out of something. Of what, actually? Internationally isolated? From whome? From China? From India? From Brazil? From Argentina? From Turkey? From whome Russia is "internationally isolated"? From USA - yes. But this is good thing. You should understand that every Putin's anti-western action will always be supported by people, by population of Russia. I think we should stand off such "partners" and "friends" from the west. Putin deserved respect of Russian people by his whole career in position of president, people trust him. This is not only about economy, this is about all situation in Russia since the late 1990s. And I suppose before repeating Obama's propaganda slogans some people should think. Obama was so annoyed by Putin, so he couldn't reserve himself and mentioned about Putin in his speech, he said: "Russia is isolated, with its economy in tatters". Obama likes big words, he's well know narcissus, but his words have a little sense, he just uses occasion. Russian economy has some problems that became deeper for last months, but these problems are old ones, the recession started in Russia long before any western "sanctions". Obama simply attributes himself the merits that he has nothing to do with, actually. But as a politician, as a statesman he always was miserable narcissus with dramatic look, obsessed by his own pathos speeches. And he always will be the same.
I actually don't care too much what you think about Russia and Putin, but when I read such "analysis" about Putin and Russia been in desperate situation I start laughing.