A new poll released by the respected All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) indicates that most Russian citizens do not think much of President Putin's assertive foreign policy and do not believe that energy-sector leadership will revive Russia's might. It also implies that an alarming number have lost their connection to reality.
-- 47 percent are content to see Russia in the top 10-15 of the world’s advanced countries
-- 34 percent want Russia to become a world power
-- 12 percent maintain that Russia is still a world power
-- 55 percent say that Russia needs an advanced and modern economy to be a world power
-- 4 percent say Putin’s plan to make Russia an world power in energy is the right path
12 percent!?!?! Were these people just un-frozen in a block of ice? As Ern says, "...that 12%. That's a new level of crazy." Eternal Remont had to double check this one with the Mental Health Dictionary, but confirms:
--"Delusions: bizarre thoughts that have no basis in reality."
--"Delusions of grandeur: fantasies of wealth, power, or omnipotence, sometimes symptomatic of manic or paranoid disorders."
Yup, that sounds about right.