As Vladimir Putin posed for a photo-op with the Olympic flame, leaked reports indicate that visitors and athletes at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi will be closely monitored by Russian intelligence. By tracking certain words in online or phone communications, Russia’s FSB agency will be able to keep tabs on any type of private conversation that occurs during the Olympics — a move that is being hailed as “Prism on steroids” by critics. What else should we expect from Russia in the coming months? Former C.I.A. deputy director, John McLaughlin, tells OZY that we may be witnessing the start of a “Fifth Era” in Russian politics, a new stage whose outcome is anything but certain as the world’s gaze turns toward Sochi next year.