Oligarchs and ex-KGB operatives (who have grown very wealthy) run the country. They are far more likely to desire preserving their new-found riches than rebuilding the former Soviet Union.
The rest of the world understands this...
Russia fails to secure regional backing
By Stefan Wagstyl in London, Charles Clover in Moscow and Geoff Dyer in Beijing
Published: August 28 2008 10:06 | Last updated: August 28 2008 19:14
Dmitry Medvedev, Russian president, failed on Thursday to win support from China or the former Soviet republics of central Asia in his deepening dispute with the west over military action in Georgia.
At a central Asian summit in Tajikistan, Mr Medvedev was unable to persuade Hu Jintao, the Chinese president, or other regional leaders to give explicit backing to Russia’s intervention or its decision to recognise the independence of the two breakaway regions, South Ossetia and Abkhazia