Perhaps Putin is having a midlife crisis. Instead of a new car or riding a bear he wants to take over land or renew past brawls for Mother Russia. Post-Cold War bitterness.
Individuals experiencing a midlife crisis have some of these feelings:
-search of an undefined dream or goal
-a deep sense of remorse for goals not accomplished
-a fear of humiliation among more successful colleagues
-desire to achieve a feeling of youthfulness
-need to spend more time alone or with certain peers
Leonardo Dicaprio should host an episode of Sesame Street. That way he might actually get near an Oscar.