An email alerted me to this story about Igor Panarin, who is a "dean at the [Russian] Foreign Ministry's school for future diplomats and a regular on Russia's state-guided TV channels. . . . his predictions fit into the anti-American story line of the Kremlin leadership."
More from AP:
"There is a high probability that the collapse of the United States will occur by 2010," Panarin told dozens of students, professors and diplomats Tuesday at the Diplomatic Academy -- a lecture the ministry pointedly invited The Associated Press and other foreign media to attend.
The prediction from Panarin, a former spokesman for Russia's Federal Space Agency and reportedly an ex-KGB analyst, meshes with the negative view of the U.S. that has been flowing from the Kremlin in recent years, in particular from Vladimir Putin.
Putin, the former president who is now prime minister, has likened the United States to Nazi Germany's Third Reich and blames Washington for the global financial crisis that has pounded the Russian economy.
Whether next year, or the year after: Freedom is fragile. Like money, it doesn't grow on trees. Even if those tree are subsidized by Washington. Neither money nor freedom comes from Washington.