Is this the first sign of Mr P.'s rather desperate gamble coming off the rails?
Russia is to re-focus investment away from Oil and Gas. Which on an economic strategy level is pure common sense. Having 90% of your economy of the same level of tax levels from one industry does mean you are a little exposed when said sector has a major international crash.
More interesting though is Rosneft CEO, Putin's best buddy Mr Igor Sechin, merrily saying that this is crazy plan and a fall off in investments will mean a long-term decline for the industry. This is not normally allowed in Russia, or to be more accurate, normally contemplated as a strategy by those wishing to remain free of tax investigations.
Perhaps Mr S. is so close that he gets free rain to criticise. Alternatively, perhaps the power of Mr P. is in slight decline. Certainly his Syria gamble which will fail (only because all interventions there will fail, given the complexity of the situation and the issue that all outcomes there are bad), has the feel of desperation. No doubt he is looking to trade his Syria intervention cards for a Ukraine acceptance card with the West.
This may work or not, the West collectively not really being that bright at realpolitik at the moment they may miss the hints....
Anyway, not many Russians I have met recently who live in Russia are best pleased with the 50% depreciation in currency and collapse of imports.