Many sources, including the media and political pundits, have said that Vladimir Putin wants to reprise the old Soviet Union. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Putin is an Oprichnik, a member of Oprichnia, an ancient Society formed in the 1500s to protect Imperial Russia. He wants to reprise Imperial Russia so that he can be the Tsar.
When the Bolsheviks captured the Tsar during the Russian Revolution they executed him and the entire Romanov immediate family. Their bodies were all unceremoniously dumped down a well, to be forgotten.
When Putin became the Chief of the KGB in St. Petersburg, he ordered the disinterment of the Romanovs from the well and had them entombed with honor and a Christian ceremony in the Fortress of St. Peter and St. Paul in St. Petersburg. This was his duty as an Oprichnik.
Putin is in the process of centralizing all power under him. Sooner or later he will dismiss the Parliament and declare himself to be the Tsar of the newly reprised Imperial Russia. He will appoint fellow Oprichniks to lead the military and all civilian departments and services, reporting directly back to him or his number two. Russia will become more efficient and their economy will grow exponentially. The new Russia will become a strong trading partner of the USA and the EU. There is currently no person or group in Russia capable of stopping Putin. He will take complete control sometime in the next decade. He will be Tsar Vladimir of the House of Putin, Emperor of Imperial Russia.