President Vladimir Putin spent his youth in the KGB and learned the basic rules of life–the government is always right and anyone or any party or any nation that dares contradict what a Russian leader says must either go to jail or go to hell. The Russian government told USAID officials to shut down their operations. USAID supports programs in Russia involving democracy, human rights and public health and the environnment.
President Obama attempted to work with Russian officials, he attempted to tone down the Bush rhetoric of attacking Russia, but his attemtps ran into Putin. They were much more successful when Medvedev was president. American programs will cease, but the fight for democracy in Russia will continue because millions of people want to end the authoritarianims of Putin. Some day they will succeed.