Putin's dream of restoring the Russian Empire may be fading as his invasion of Ukraine seems to be faltering. As a result, Putin's power over former Soviet states is weakening.

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When Putin invaded Ukraine, experts said he was expecting a swift victory. This potentially could have been setting off an effort to restore the Russian Empire or the USSR.

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Seven months later, Putin's power over the post-Soviet region is shakier than ever as his attention and military power remain fixated on Ukraine.

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The lack of Russian leadership in Central Asia and the Caucasus - an area which spans between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea - has led to violent border clashes.

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 Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia has been keen to maintain its influence over post-Soviet states. This was especially true during the rise of Putin's power.

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