The collapse of the Soviet Union could not have been a source of national pride for many in Russia. The one person who has capitalized on this the most has been Vladimir Putin.
To the outsider who’s looking in today, there is no mistaking Putin’s cult of personality built on the back of Russian modern media. It’s right out of Hitler’s playbook in post-WWI Germany.
The problem for America is that Russia is becoming a major influence in the Middle East, eclipsing U.S. interests and influence in the region. America has long been pot committed to the Middle East poker hand, but at this point it looks like Obama has no more chips on the table to bluff with.
Another interesting phenomena occurring on social media is Americas own Putin worship and this ironically plays right into the hands of Putin and his propaganda machine. I remember earlier this year, transferring to the N train from 59th street station in Manhattan, seeing a large ant-Obama booth clearly set up by Russian FSB proxies, a clear attempt to shift American perception.