No, any pro-Russian opposition is now dead at the hands of the same people they were trying to support, and the remainder will have come to their senses by now. How about you forget whether the opposition is pro-Russian, and instead try concerning yourself whether they represent the democratic wishes of the people. I expected you to ask that question, and the answer is no. I've had to deal with my share of violent, dangerous people, as have my friends and loved ones, and I've known people who were persecuted and jailed in Soviet Russia, as well as at least one Lebanese man who was nearly killed by Syrian soldiers during their 28 year occupation of Lebanon (the one hardly anyone ever complains about, because non-American thuggery is considered acceptable under international common law). In mentioning KGB agents, I'm referring to Putin, he who famously demonstrates his years of education in upholding human rights and the universal rule of law. I wouldn't presume to tell a Syrian what they can and can't do to protect themselves from the butchery of Assad and Putin, nor should any other outsiders, Russian naval base be damned. Or maybe you've got it backwards, and Assad and Putin are the jihadists. I don't see the FSA trying to help Shia Islamic extremists acquire nukes. You're right. To hell with what America wants, and to hell with what Russia wants too. All that matters is what the Syrian people want, and that's a concept which seems totally foreign to you. How's that info you promised us about Al Jazeera supporting Assad coming along? Any other thorough tidbits of research-derived wisdom you'd like to share? Yes, the violence has reached such endemic proportions that millions of US citizens are now lining up at the Venezuelan and Cuban embassies to apply for refugee status.