Putin is loved in Russia. I was having this conversation with mi padre last night. He has like a 75% approval rating. I think the Russian people prefer an Iron Fisted ruler than a weak one. Putin has shown himself capable of controlling the gangs, and for most people in Russia this is more important than a bit of fake "freedom" they cant do anything with. Im not saying Putin is a nice guy, just that he is a genuinely liked political figure in Russia.