The Economist has an article on Putin's latest in Ukraine, which includes this:
"Russian agents have turned up in custody and in reporters’ notebooks, organising the protests and, some say, paying for them. Russia has been meddling in eastern Ukraine for weeks, occasionally with results from the pages of Gogol. On April 6th “local people” stormed what they thought was the regional administrative headquarters in Kharkiv only to find that they had taken control of the opera house."
Russia is - and has long been - a prototypical example of a strong drunk.