US Will Collapse by 2010: Russian
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2009 11:24 AM CST
Panarin bases his predictions on newspapers.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The “collapse of the American dream” is complete, says a Russian scholar, and President Obama will declare martial law and the US will splinter into six regions by the end of 2010, the AP reports. Igor Panarin, the dean of Russia's Foreign Ministry school, cited school shootings, the prison population, and the number of gay men as indicators of the US’ social breakdown at yesterday's lecture. 

He predicts China and Russia will step in as world leaders—and should create a currency to replace the dollar—with Alaska reverting to Russian control after the collapse of the Lower 48. No word on Hawaii. Panarin, who has predicted the US collapse for more than 10 years, said the economic crisis led him to nail down a timeframe for "The End." When one instructor asked if Panarin's predictions could be applied to Russia, he responded, "The collapse of Russia will not occur."