"Although it is unclear how stringently the new laws will be implemented, everyday life for the majority in Russia is likely to get worse before it gets better: the on-going global financial crisis combined with Russia’s weak infrastructure and endemic corruption means that it will become increasingly difficult for Putin to retain his side of the bargain. People are beginning to experience greater repressions but are seeing little improvement in living standards. Indeed only a few days ago he warned of job losses and budget revenue shortfalls resulting from Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organisation. The Putin contract may not be tenable for much longer. It can only be hoped that this situation will drive more people to call for change."
Catherine Owen, "What happened to the ‘Russian Spring’? Putin’s Third Term Characterised by Increasingly Repressive Measures". The Foreign Policy Center. 2012