For those 7 years that Putin is at authority, Russia lost all its geopolitic grounds almost without fight. It lost them because present ruling elite doesn't care them at all - it - the ruling elite - didn't struggle for them. 7 years ago Russia because of postSoviet inertness was regional empire. Actaully the disposer of postSoviet space in the majority of postSoviet capitals. Moscow was treated as senior brother and senior partner. It's different now. For 7 years Russia passed from the first geopolitic league where there are regional powers, to the second - where there are simply provincial states, which influence does not spread over own borders. Naturally, for many states this situation is historically comfortable, but it's not so for Russia, because it has not got used to it. But the ruling Russian class hasn't understood and realized it yet.