Rav Shternbuch Reiterates His Sign for Mashiah
Kikar posted a video (beginning until 1:15 mark) of Rav Moshe Sternbuch Shlit"a reiterating what he said previously that Russian actions in Crimea and elsewhere are a sign of Mashiah.
Speaking at an event for Rav Abergel Shlit"a's Kol Rina - Rav Pa'olim Kollel institutions in Netivot, he said the following:
We see the strengthening of Russia, who captured the Crimean Island [sic]. It is a tradition from the students of the Gr"a, [directly] man from man, who said before his passing that this is a sign for the feet of Mashiah. The Ga'on, Rav Simha Zleig also had a tradition from the students of the Gr"a that Russia will strengthen before the coming of Mashiah, and the nations will fear them.
Constantly, when Russia becomes more powerful and strengthens, it is a sign of his soon coming. The Mashiah "standeth behind our wall...he peereth through the lattice". When will he be able to come?
According to legend, Rav Hayim Brisk said, "The strengthening of Russia is a sign of the strengthening of the Kelipa that precedes Mashiah." The intent is not that Mashiah will definitely come, but rather, it's an auspicious time to work toward the coming of Mashiah.