Comment: I would say so

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I would say so

Russia's history has been a reactionary one, constantly defending itself from European invasion and influence. Putin has dragged Russia out of Economic decline, (3X real wage increase, unemployment and poverty halved...) used strategic energy reserves to ensure its power on the world stage and has expertly navigated our meddling in Syria and Ukraine. I have respect for the man, Obama would not even look him in the eye and avoided him like a childish jr high student at the last summit.

Its a dangerous game facing the Financial oligarchs and the NATO guns they weld. Putin has done this quite well with a modern country and did not sink Russia into the hells of the USSR to do it

I dont know what else the Russians want out of a leader...

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