Yes - according to Russian academic Igor Panarin. What a scary thought!
I must admit, I don't discount the possibility, even if I think... hope it is highly unlikely.
Not many are taking him seriously, but not many would have believed what has happened in the last year beforehand."There's a 55-45% chance right now that disintegration will occur," he says. "One could rejoice in that process," he adds, poker-faced. "But if we're talking reasonably, it's not the best scenario -- for Russia." Though Russia would become more powerful on the global stage, he says, its economy would suffer because it currently depends heavily on the dollar and on trade with the U.S.