"Putin's Show of Strength Overseas is Masking a Pressing Domestic Crisis"
by Pedro Nicolaci da Costa, Business Insider

Russia just exited a two-year recession, and its economy looks as if it has hit a period of stagnation. The central bank just cut interest rates to try to boost growth, but the biggest challenge the Russian economy faces is the possibility of oil prices continuing to slip.

And as a Pew Research report published this week found, over the past two years there has been a deterioration in Russian voters' approval of Putin's domestic economic management.

Being a strongman globally helps offset this.

"Putin is not nearly as powerful on the world stage as he often seems," Chris Miller, the associate director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy at Yale University, told Business Insider.