I don't expect too much critical thinking displayed on internet message board but lets try and talk reality Putin brought back Russia from dark ages of Yeltsin, he did it by brute force of bullets to the back of the head. Those in government who didn't step down, he killed KGB style. Yeltsin government bankrupted Russia, CIA was running the oligarchs with impunity, resources were stolen and sold for cheap to the west. America and NATO were planning worse and worse scenario for Russia and Russian people. Putin is a Hero to vast majority, and western media can demonize him all they want. He is good for Russia and their people. Can you say the same about US presidents. Lets get this straight, western powers are angry that Putin is making it hard for them to destroy and pillage Russia. LOL Give me a break. Putin will never allow private central banks to print money for Russia either, another reason to hate him. You would all be lucky to have an American version of Putin.