Christiane Amanpour takes a justifiable beating in the 'sphere for her energetic apologies for radical Islam, but I'm sort of half-watching a special she's got on CNN International right now entitled Czar Putin. It's surprisingly critical and expository of Vladimir Putin's thuggery in running neo-Soviet Russia. If you missed it and it's repeated, it's worth watching.
With Putin's party's victory in Sunday's election, we can surely look forward to an emboldened Putin throwing his weight around even more, within Russia and without.
You can take the boy out of the KGB, but you can't take the KGB out of the boy.