. . . As the ruble crashes, as Russia’s oil income dives, and as sanctions start biting the man in the street, Putin, in counterintuitive fashion, is apparently more popular than ever.

Why? Because he has become an easy mechanism for ordinary Russians to vent frustration and anger over what they perceive as a too-powerful and bullying West.

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/414270/how-empower-violent-extremism-victor-davis-hanson – 2/24/2015.