If the framework for destroying Syria's chemical weapons, proposed by Russia, works out, Kryshtanovskaya says, Russia will jump on it as a PR opportunity.
"'We are great! Hooray! We are geniuses! We found a way out. We are an influential country,'" she says. "That is, to strengthen the position of Putin and the government."
If it doesn't work out, it it's not a tragedy, she says.
"We can say 'Those bad Americans. How terrible they are. Wherever they go, war follows. They're starting a new war. We tried. We did everything we could. We were the power of good, but the power of evil didn't listen to us.'"
Putin, she is convinced, "is going to play on the fact that we are great - and Americans are the enemy."