"He's fairly well locked into having to deliver on this," said Chris Weafer, chief strategist at the Troika Dialog investment bank. "Putin is now coming back with a lot more at stake and a more difficult situation than he had in 2000. There's no question about that. There's now a much larger group of people that are waiting for this government to fail."
"Russia needs a different economic model if it's going to achieve the level of growth that's required to sustain stability, both economic and political," Mr. Weafer said.