*September: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announces that he does not intend to run for a second term, leaving Vladimir Putin to enter the race virtually Unopposed.
*October: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin proposes the creation of a Eurasian Union made up of the the former Soviet States. The same month the Visigrad Group meets to discuss the troubling financial news within the EU as well as Germany's growing ties to Moscow.
*December: Russia begins construction of next-generation Soyuz-K spacecraft
*Putin is re-elected President of Russia, promising a new era of Russian power.
*Parliamentary Elections in the Ukraine end with accusations of mass voter fraud by Russian operatives who oppose NATO membership. Riots soon break out and NATO forces prepare to deploy to Kiev to restore order. The move is delayed when Russian troops assist the Ukrainian military in taking back control of the capitol. As tensions mount President Putin threatens to embargo oil and natural gas exports to Europe if NATO continues to, "interfere with Russian affairs." The Second Cold War begins.
*Belarus signs BRCU Treaty with Russia creating the Union State. The same year Russia annexes Georgia.
*The Commonwealth of Independent States and the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan are reorganized into the Eurasian Union.
*The US begins technological transfer to Eastern European allies.
*America and Russia begin a new arms race; which Russia funds through the export of natural resources, while America raises taxes and continues to sell arms to the Polish Bloc.