I couldn't help thinking a while ago that Russia was starting to spiral. When Putin put up his hand for another shot as President, altering the constitution to do so, was the beginning.
It was confirmed with to me with Gorbachev the former Soviet Union leaders comments from The New York Times. Gorbachev is usually supportive of Putin.
“With every passing day, more and more Russians are ceasing to believe that the results of the elections were honest,” Mr. Gorbachev said in an interview with the Interfax news agency. “In my view, ignoring public opinion will discredit the authorities and destabilize the situation. That is why I think the government should make but one decision: annul the results of the elections and hold new ones.”
It will be interesting what Putins next move will be. He is looking more and more like a dictator who is enjoying the power.
It is a shame after his first two terms he didn't retired gracefully, history would have judged his as the best Russian leader for over a century.