We’re lucky. The strength of the U.S. is in ‘we the people’. Our political system can survive any presidency, even Trump’s, because it doesn’t depend so much on one person. Can the Russian political system survive, or even thrive, without Putin? I hope to God yes, but I’m not so sure.
It’s definitely a different viewpoint than the typical, and I am genuinely interested.
However, what you (and others) have said about Putin, tends to do the things that people attribute to dictators, which is yes, admittedly they do horrible things, but it would all be so much worse if they weren’t in power, ruling with an iron fist. I believe that’s true. It is quite a catch 22 for such a leader.
In the end, my overall point about Russia, which was that Russia has suffered, due to always coming under dictatorships), you don’t seem to really be disputing, here.
And I do understand that, all things considered, Putin is good for Russia, but is he good for the rest of the world? Probably not. Is he good for America? Why would he be? Has America been good for him or Russia? Certainly not. So, it stands to reason Putin’s Russia has something to gain from American destabilization. But to be fair, many countries do.
There is a lot of information circulating in the American media regarding information warfare being waged in America by Russian influence. This certainly seems to be something that logically is within the realm of possibilities. Are you suggesting it’s not?
At any rate, definitely some interesting choices you’ve made, to be an American working in Russia.