Forbes is very proud of their choice: “Russia looks more and more like an energy-rich, nuclear-tipped rogue state with an undisputed, unpredictable and unaccountable head unconstrained by world opinion in pursuit of its goals.” But at what cost and for how long? Sanctions over the Ukraine question were biting hard before the floor fell out from under oil prices. Interest rates are soaring, and the ruble is crashing so badly KHL hockey teams can’t afford to pay their players. An economic crisis can take all the fun out of being a ruthless dictator. It also seems apparent Putin doesn’t have more power than Obama, Merkel and Xi. He’s just more willing to use what he has in flagrant disregard for the consequences.