Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi-AP

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi-AP

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi-AP

Now that the protests are fizzling out, it’s worth asking what exactly they managed to accomplish. I see two major effects.