Vladimir Putin, former KGB agent, had visions of rebuilding Soviet era systems and power. Seems, however, that ambition will be unrealized.
From BBC: "The event was a mixed martial arts fight between Russia's Fedor Emelianenko and America's Jeff "The Snowman" Monson.
It turned out the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was in the crowd.
He is almost certain to return to the presidency in the elections in March, after his protege, Dmitry Medvedev, agreed not to stand in order to give him a free run.
“You are great! Putin is just stupid and we booed Putin”
Denis Kir Facebook message to Jeff Monson
Emelianenko won the fight and Vladimir Putin climbed into the ring to congratulate him, and that was when the unthinkable happened.
The crowd booed the previously untouchable prime minister as he started to speak, and continued to boo him except when he was praising Emilianenko.
The whole thing was broadcast live on the state-owned television channel Rossiya 2."