How will Russia look in thirty years? Much like the Russia of the nineteenth century, with various accretions and broadly expanded influence. Ukraine and Azerbaijan are under pressure to join Russia. Former Soviet satellites Tajikstan and Kyrgysztan could rejoin the fold. What about Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan? Both have mineral and energy reserves that seem to be headed towards China right now. Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia could easily be added– by force if necessary. What about a hegemony that could include Syria and Iran?
That’s if Putin gets his way. He won’t. But that’s another story.