Just saw this on the BBC website (I would have posted the link but not very IT savvy - perhaps someone else can?) It seems that the chickens may be coming home to roost after the Putin masterclass in statesmanship over the past few weeks. I recall (and I was one of them) many posters on ARRSE pointing out to the likes of Sergey, whitecity, domovoy etc that the Russian antics to remain in Georgia indefinitiely would not be the sharpest long term move. I am sure that there will be those who will blame this all on the dastardly US. However, when the Dow or the FTSE dropped by this kind of amount the West did not head to panic stations and close the index down. This probably shows that investing in Russia is still a risky (and sometimes profitable I suppose) business.