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*“I think all sober-minded people who really are involved in politics understand that the idea of a Russian threat to, for example, the Baltics is complete madness.  Are we really about to fight NATO?  How many people are there in the NATO countries?  About 600 million, correct?  There are 146 million people in Russia.  Yes, we're the biggest nuclear power.  But do you really think that we're about to conquer the Baltics using nuclear weapons?  What is this madness?”
*“I think all sober-minded people who really are involved in politics understand that the idea of a Russian threat to, for example, the Baltics is complete madness.  Are we really about to fight NATO?  How many people are there in the NATO countries?  About 600 million, correct?  There are 146 million people in Russia.  Yes, we're the biggest nuclear power.  But do you really think that we're about to conquer the Baltics using nuclear weapons?  What is this madness?”
*If nukes head towards Russia we are going to Paradise but you won't have time to repent."<ref>https://youtu.be/YeNwyVG8Egs</ref>
*If nukes head towards Russia we are going to Paradise, but you won't have time to repent."<ref>https://youtu.be/YeNwyVG8Egs</ref>
*"Hitler tried to destroy Russia. Everyone needs to remember how that ended."
*"Hitler tried to destroy Russia. Everyone needs to remember how that ended."

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Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin (2017-07-08).jpg
2nd and 4th President of Russia
From: December 31, 1999 – May 7, 2008 (first)
May 7, 2012 – (second)
Vice President Dmitry Medvedev
Predecessor Boris Yeltsin (First term), Dmitry Medvedev (Second term)
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
Party United Russia
Religion claimed Russian Orthodox, previously Atheist

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (Russian: Владимир Владимирович Путин) (born October 7, 1952) is the socially conservative president of the Russian Federation, a position he's held since 2012, after serving as prime minister since May 8, 2008, and previously serving as president since December 31, 1999[1] Putin has increased Russia's stature in international affairs despite its weak economic position.[2]

A self-described Christian, Putin leads the increasingly conservative Russia against the homosexual agenda and towards pro-life side. Liberals criticize Putin and Russia because they disagree with him on social issues. Obama even refused to attend the Winter Olympic games held in Russia in 2014. Putin has also criticized liberal values as out of touch with a more traditional population.[3]

Putin has many controversial statements on Communism and has a good attitude toward the Muslim minorities living in the Russian Federation. Alexander Dugin argues:[4]

If we consider the situation in Russia more closely, we will discover that almost all that is said in the West about Putin is wrong. It is a complete caricature. The most important criticism of Putin inside Russia is not from the liberals. Liberals represent the smallest part of the critics. They are absolutely marginal… So the West is absolutely wrong in thinking that there is this big liberal opposition to Putin that is artificially kept down. The real opposition to Putin is growing completely on the other side of Russian society. It is growing discontent with "lunar" Putin, against the Putin who is surrounded by liberals. All the government is completely not only corrupt, it consists of pro-Western liberals. Nothing has changed after the last election.

Forbes ranked Putin as the most powerful man in the world as of December 2016, while Obama was ranked #48. Putin gains popularity every time he challenges the U.S. or Europe, or sends troops into Georgia.[5] Putin's Russia is an authoritarian system, with restricted capitalism, a rubber stamp parliament, compliant media, imprisoned or exiled oligarchs, harassed NGOs, marginalized pro-Western democratic parties, and a foreign policy based on bullying and military strength, all based on money from oil and gas.[6][7]

In March 2018, Putin unveiled his revamped nuclear missile program, which was a response to the NATO challenge.[8] In 2021, American socialist leader Joe Biden colluded with Putin to raise gasoline prices and home heating bills.[9]


Putin was born in Leningrad on October 7, 1952. He was baptized as an Orthodox Christian and continue to be a member to this day. Putin was a judo champion in his youth.[10] He was educated in law and economics at Leningrad State University before being assigned to work in the KGB.[11] After five years in East Germany, he took up various political positions before becoming prime minister in 1999.

Putin at an conference

He was married to Lyudmila Putina, a former stewardess with Aeroflot, from July 28, 1983, until 2014, when the two divorced. They have two daughters.

Domestic policy

A Christian himself, Putin governs a nation that is rapidly becoming more Christian and more conservative, and his snubbing of liberal Obama in May 2012 suggests that Putin is well aware of how conservative his country is becoming. On social issues and taxation, Russia under Putin is more conservative today than the Western Europe.

In terms of achievements, Putin has successfully opposed the homosexual agenda and has supported pro-life reforms. He has also stabilized the Russian economy and restored Russia's national pride, largely by politically exploiting the financial windfall of Europe's need for Russian oil and gas. Russians were enthusiastic that he ended the social chaos that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the subsequent pell-mell privatization of the state-owned economy. Many Russians have been mesmerized by the new glitter of Moscow and the restored glamour of St. Petersburg. Russia's revived self-pride follows the humiliation of the chaos after 1991 and the incompetence of his predecessor Boris Yeltsin. Russians have a long history of authoritarian governments and a strong diastase for anarchy. They have little experience with freedom. The Russian mafia, which is more sophisticated than its counterparts elsewhere, controls more than 40 percent of the total economy. Their control is thought to be even greater in certain areas, such as banking, real estate, and consumer markets.[12] In November 2014, Putin started allowing his citizens to own concealed firearms for self-defense, but under certain restrictions.[13] Russia under Putin made it illegal for foreigners without a permit to preach, and banned cults that are harmful to families (Jehovah's Witnesses and Scientology engage in family shunning while Falun Gong, whose founder lives in a luxurious property, prevents family members from seeking medical treatment).[14] Not having a permit is why a Baptist pastor got heavily fined.[15] Like many parts of Europe, blasphemy against the church is also illegal.[16][17]

In May 2019, Putin signed a bill into law ordering the creation of "a national internet network that would be able to operate independently from the rest of the world."[18][19] Russia began testing this network.[20]

Political career

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Putin is mainly backed by the United Russia (Единая Россия) party, which currently holds a majority in the lower chamber of the Russian parliament, known as the Duma. As a centrist party, it usually reflects the political views of Putin, which are that of authoritarian statism and nationalism. On March 14, 2004, he was elected to a second term as president with 71% of the vote. Barred from a third consecutive term by the Russian constitution, Putin ceded the presidency to Dmitry Medvedev on May 7, 2008, and became Prime Minister, at the time-sharing power with the more moderate Medvedev. Medvedev did not run for a second term, and, as a result, Putin was re-elected in 2012. Putin was again re-elected in 2018, facing little real opposition.

After his 2018 victory, Putin's approval ratings fell significantly due to public disapproval of some of his domestic policies.[21]

Political views

Putin has been accused of employing the United States Democratic party tactic of illegal surveillance, harassment, investigation, arrest, and jailing political opponents and dissidents, ostensibly as agents of a foreign power or domestic terrorists.

Foreign Policy

Putin is an active interventionist, which brought Russia back on the world stage since the fall of the Soviet Union, this is one of the most important reasons why Cold War features takes back, especially with the United States which is the only world superpower after the end of the Cold War.[22] Learning from the mistakes of USSR in the Eastern Bloc, he made clear that taking countries against their right to self-determination is counterproductive and drains resources.[23]

Escalating tensions in the Obama era

Putin is seen as an antagonist by liberals in the West, who are angry about their inability to push the homosexual agenda and pro-abortion policies on Russia. Putin views NATO enlargement by absorbing former Soviet client states as a potential threat to the Russian Federation. Putin has proposed a policy of "Findlandization", i.e., making permanently neutral the Ukraine and Georgia and not incorporating them into NATO under the US's Partners for Peace program. Putin's alleged rigged election system, nuclear energy contracts and military alliance with Iran have heightened tensions. According to mainstream media, the decline of human rights in Russia has been dramatic; for example, Russian riot police beat a number of protesters and journalists at an anti-Putin rally at Pushkin Square in Moscow,[24] and Putin rigged national elections for his party [25]

Putin has even exercised power over the Russian supreme court. Justice Vladimir Yaroslavtsev was forced to resign after warning that Russian security agencies now control the country as they did in Soviet times and expressing alarm over their lack of accountability. Justice Anatoly Kononov was likewise forced out after defending Yaroslavtsev.[26]

Many who have reported or protested such things have found themselves being repressed - or killed.[27][28] Journalist Anna Politkovskaya, an outspoken critic of Putin, was assassinated in 2006,[29] and it is widely believed that the Russian government had some involvement in this death. There were 13 journalists killed in contract-style slayings during Vladimir Putin's eight-year presidency.[30]

Despite these negatives – or perhaps because of the strong hand they reveal – Putin remains popular in Russia.[31] Since coming to power, Putin has expanded Russia's economy and reduced inflation. The majority of Russians are relatively uninterested in politics outside of issues affecting their personal prosperity,[32] and journalist Anna Politkovskaya argued that the Russian people, as a whole, have been willing to tolerate violence in the name of "comfort and peace and quiet".[33]

Relations with U.S.

Conservatives such as Sean Hannity have repeately issued warnings that Putin is a thug and a "bad actor" who cannot be trusted.[34]

Relations under George W. Bush

Initially relations between George W. Bush and Putin were good, with Putin lending passive support to Bush's war on global terror. Putin was restrained from giving much assistance outside the Russian Federation, being pre-occupied with the Islamist movements waging jihad inside his own borders.

In Bush's late second term, Putin was concerned about jihadist infiltration from Turkey and Syria through the Republic of Georgia, and intervened. Former members of the Warsaw Pact, who were more supportive of the war on terror than even the US population, then asked for deployment of missile defense systems on their territories, which the Bush administration was inclined to favor as a reward for their help. Russia considered missile defense deployment on their borders overt acts of hostility. Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, in competition to outdo each other, condemned George W. Bush and Condoleezza Rice by sidling up to the Russians and Islamists whom the Democrats portrayed as oppressed victims of a global neocon conspiracy.

Relations under Barack Obama
Targetted Sanctions, from a Moscow art exhibition.

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton initially cozied up to Putin, charging the Bush administration was intent on reigniting the Cold War. However once the Rosatom-Uranium One deal was completed and the Clinton Foundation pocketed millions of dollars from Putin cronies in donations and speaking fees, relations began to sour as the Obama administration could no longer ignore geopolitical realities. Putin had protested the Obama administrations illegal drone strikes, and the administration placed sanctions on Russian leaders ostensibly in retaliation for the Crimean referendum.[35]

President Obama's decision to move an anti-missile defense system to Romania during the 2016 US Presidential election only heightened tensions. Putin, who had repeatedly assailed the antimissile system as a grave danger to Russia's security, called Obama's decision dangerous. This coupled with Obama's implementation of sanctions rather than honor the 1994 Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances negotiated by the Clinton administration, displaying it as an empty promise to guarantee Ukrainian independence, only further exposed the befuddlement and inability of the Obama administration to stand by US commitments and the weaknesses of NATO.

In September 2013, Putin gave a speech stating the need to strengthen Russian culture with traditional values and the Orthodox Christian church. Also, he condemned Western nations and their godless pursuit of political correctness and homosexuality.[36]

In early September 2013, Putin expressly observed that liberal John Kerry is a liar.

Relations under Donald Trump

President Donald Trump accused Putin of taking Crimea by force and asked whether Obama was too soft on Russia.[37] In March 2017 the US department of state strongly condemned the arrests of hundreds of protesters against Vladimir Putin's government.[38] The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that US sanctions against Russia will remain in place until Moscow "reverses the actions" it has taken in Ukraine.[39]

In response to the April, 4 chemical attack on Khan Shaykhun in Syria, President Trump launched 59-Tomahawk rockets on a Syrian Air base nearby, tensions led up with Russia, Syria's ally, Putin has called that the US attack was an "illegal act of aggression",[40] and answered this attack by sending a frigate to the military base in Syria.[41] In April 2017 Putin explained that the US-Russia relations have gotten worse under Trump, contrary to narratives put out by the liberal mainstream media that Trump is too "soft" to Putin and is Putin's 'puppet' .[42]

In December 2017 Putin warned President Trump because of his decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and stated that he was "deeply concerned".[43] Putin also opposed Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and told that Russia would continue to honor its obligations under this deal.[44]

In March 2018, Russian Propaganda video was released showing how a new missile program could be used to attack America. In the video, the state of Florida was specifically targeted.[45][46]

Relations with Joe Biden
See also: Biden/Harris regime foreign policy

Joe Biden cozied up to Vladimir Putin when he rescinded the Trump-era opposition to the Nord Stream II pipeline.[47] The Russian project is designed to ship gas and oil directly from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea. Russia has attempted to pressure Ukraine numerous time since the break-up of the Soviet Union to abandon its bid to join NATO by cutting off oil and gas supplies. In doing so, Russia inadvertently also cuts off supplies to Germany, a very rich and large customer. The Nordtream pipeline is intended to counter this collateral effect, while pressuring Ukraine, Poland and Hungary to remain in the Russian orbit. The pipeline itself is a massive scandal in Germany, with for Democratic Socialist Gerhard Schroeder chancellor heading the Nordstram pipeline company and a major stockholders.[48]

As vice-president in 2011, Putin snubbed Biden in a face-to-face meeting. Sitting across a conference table Putin, Biden attempted to lecture Putin. Biden said, "I’ve been around a long time. The first time I was here…” and in mid-sentence his microphone was cut off,[49] the lights for the TV cameras went off, and the press was told to leave. The press exited quickly and quietly. Videocameras were disassembled from tripods and still photographers stopped shooting. Portable lights came down from retractable poles. No one spoke and no one lingered. Putin baited Biden, pulled the plug, stole Biden's audience, and rendered him speechless. Putin and the Russian delegation sat as their American counterparts realized Biden's big moment had been stolen right out from under him. Putin had neither fear nor respect for Biden, and Biden was humiliated.[50]

In 2014 Hunter Biden colluded with and received $3.5 million from Elena Baturina, the richest woman in Russia and widow of former Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov as payment to establish an American bank account for her.[51] In late 2019 Baturina was declarred a fugitive from Russian justice.[52]

Relations with the EU

In 2014 Putin founded the Eurasian Economic Union to counter European Union meddling in Eastern European nation's affairs.

After Crimea was returned to Russia, the European Union imposed sanctions against Putin and his government.[53]

The relations within the EU are different and divided, it is mainly the following countries advocating namely a critical attitude towards the Russian government: the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) Poland, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, France and the United Kingdom,[54][55] while the following countries belong to the pro Kremlin camp or want to maintain a better relationship: Hungary, Italy and Czech Republic.

Also, multiple nationalist parties in the EU appreciate Putin's policies against the Leftist liberal dominance in Europe, like Marine Le Pen's National Front.

Despite EU sanctions, Russia under cooperation between Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel continued expanding economically into Western Europe.[56]

Views on abortion

Putin rejects any constitutional right to abortion, as exists in the United States, but is not ready to ban abortion from Russia either. Instead, Putin has supported and enforced pro-life laws in Russian which would be invalidated by pro-abortion courts in the United States. In 2017, he said that he will allow societal (including church) views to guide him on the issue:[57]

“In the modern world, the decision is up to the woman herself,” Putin said, and indicated that additional pro-life proposals “must be careful, considered and based on the general mood in society and the moral and ethical norms that have developed in society.”

Putin's "the decision" is an ambiguous phrase that could include the decision to have the pregnancy in the first place. Also, Putin is very pro-Russia and if thinks abortion is lowering the birth rate in a harmful way, then he could abolish it based on national interests.

Views on wokism

Putin told the Valdai Club in October 2021,[58]

"We see with bemusement the process unfolding in countries that have grown accustomed to viewing themselves as the flagships of progress. Of course it's none of our business what is happening - the social and cultural shocks that are happening in some Western countries. Some believe that aggressive blotting out of whole pages of your own history, and the requirement to renounce the traditional interpretation of such basic values as mother, father, family, and the distinction between sexes are a milestone towards a renewal of society...we have a different point of view. We believe, at least the overwhelming majority of Russian society, that we need to rely on our own spiritual values and our historical traditions.

On the culture of our multi-ethnic nation, the proponents of so-called 'social progress' believe that they are bringing a new consciousness to humanity. Something that is more correct...The recipes they come up with are nothing new. Paradoxical as it may seem, but this is something we saw in Russia. It happened in our country before and after the 1917 Revolution. The Bolsheviks followed the dogmas of Marx and Engels. And they also declared that they were going to change the traditional lifestyle, the political, the economic lifestyle, as well as the very notion of morality, the basic principles. Fully, healthy society they were trying to destroy, century-long values. Revisiting the relationship between people. They were encouraging informing on one's own beloved and families. It was hailed as "the March of Progress" and it was very popular across the world. And it was supported by many.

As we see it is happening right now. Incidentally, the Bolsheviks were absolutely intolerant of other opinions different from their own. I think this should remind you of something that is happening...it is with puzzlement that we see the practices Russia used to have, and that we left behind... The fight for equality and against discrimination turns into an aggressive dogmatism on the brink of absurdity. When great authors of the past such as Shakespeare are no longer taught in schools and universities because they did not understand the importance of gender or race.

And Hollywood. There are leaflets reminding what you should do in the films - how many personalities and actors you've got, what kind of color, what sex, and sometimes it's even stricter than what the Department of Propaganda of the Soviet Communist Party Central Committee did. And the fight against racism, which is a lofty goal, turns into cancel culture and reverse discrimination. Racism in reverse. It tears people apart. Whereas the true fighters for civil rights, they were trying to eliminate those differences....Martin Luther King said "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." That is a true value. ...in Russia, most of our republics simply do not care what skin color you have. He or she, that's not that important, because each and every one of us is a human being. That's the most important thing.

The discussion about the rights of men and women has turned into a total phantasmagoria in a number of Western countries...Those who risk saying that men and women still exist, and that this is a biological fact, are virtually ostracized...And this is not new...In the 1920s, Soviet culture-warriors invented a so-called ‘newspeak’, believing that in this way they would create a new sense of consciousness and redefine people’s values...This is not to mention things that are simply monstrous, like when children are taught from an early age that a boy can easily become a girl and vice versa...In fact, they are indoctrinating them into the alleged choices that are supposedly available to everyone – removing parents from the equation and forcing the child to make decisions that can ruin their lives...This is borderline crime against humanity - all under the guise of "progress."[59]

Views on communism and the Soviet Union

Putin famously said, "Whoever does not miss the Soviet Union has no heart. Whoever wants it back has no brain."[60]

Putin has before called the Bolsheviks traitors for Russia's defeat in the First World War.[61] However, he has also expressed that "[he] liked Communist and socialist ideas very much and [he] like[s] them still." and compared the Soviet code of conduct to the Bible.[62][63] Putin also has compared communism with Christianity.[64] Putin has been accused by Western media of embracing the tactics of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.[65] In addition, he implies in an interview with Larry King dated September 8, 2000 that his Christianity isn't actually sincere by stating in Russian that he "believes in the power of man" or "I believe in human beings." Though a few years later, his faith became more genuine.[66] Furthermore, around October 2017, he hosted the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students Communist event and gave a speech that strongly implied that he adhered to Communism.[67][68]

Since passage of Sen. John McCain's Magnitsky Act, also known as the Russia sanctions bill which was signed into law by Barack Obama in an attempt to cripple the Russian Federation, Russia has been driven back into competition with the military-industrial complex It has provided arms and materiel to various communist groups, including Angola, and has voiced a desire to reconnect with Latin America shortly before the FSLN regained power in Nicaragua and has supported Nicaragua via foreign aid, shipping tanks, and even posting a GLONASS tracking station on the Caribbean coast, alongside similar arming of North Korea.[69][70] Putin is a close ally of the Venezuela's Marxist Dictator Nicolás Maduro which he defends internationally.[71][72] He also indicated that he still keeps his KGB card while citing his contemporaries within the KGB had discarded theirs after the USSR's fall.[73]

Views on Islam

In January 2018 Putin said that "[t]raditional Islam is an integral part of the Russian cultural code". He also vowed to support Islamic religious education.[74]

Putin has openly endorsed his Muslim puppet dictator in Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov.[75] Kadyrov has de facto established Sharia law in the region and was condemned by the international community for slaughtering gay citizens.[76] Chechen authorities have imposed a compulsory Islamic dresscode for women.[77]


  • "Anyone who doesn't regret the passing of the Soviet Union has no heart. Anyone who wants it restored has no brains."[78]
  • “I think all sober-minded people who really are involved in politics understand that the idea of a Russian threat to, for example, the Baltics is complete madness. Are we really about to fight NATO? How many people are there in the NATO countries? About 600 million, correct? There are 146 million people in Russia. Yes, we're the biggest nuclear power. But do you really think that we're about to conquer the Baltics using nuclear weapons? What is this madness?”
  • If nukes head towards Russia we are going to Paradise, but you won't have time to repent."[79]
  • "Hitler tried to destroy Russia. Everyone needs to remember how that ended."
  • "If you try to bite Russia, we'll knock your teeth out."


Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, accused Putin of stealing Kraft's Super Bowl ring. Putin responded that Kraft gave it to him as a gift.

See also

Further reading


  1. Boris Yeltsin resigned from the presidency on that day, and Putin was later elected president by 54% of the electorate on March 26, 2000.
  2. Seib, Gerald F. (May 6, 2019). Putin Punches Above His Weight. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  3. Multiple references:
  4. http://www.aspeninstitute.it/aspenia-online/article/russian-conservative-view-putin-interview-alexander-dugin
  5. https://www.theguardian.com/world/datablog/2015/jul/23/vladimir-putins-approval-rating-at-record-levels
  6. https://www.forbes.com/sites/melikkaylan/2016/09/20/putin-brings-back-the-kgb-as-russia-moves-from-authoritarian-to-totalitarian/#48e4a416398a
  7. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-32860526
  8. Putin Shows Off New Nuclear Weapons, Warns West to ‘Listen’
  9. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/oct/18/bidens-record-spending-will-only-add-fuel-inflatio/
  10. http://nypost.com/2013/11/13/vladimir-putin-is-tougher-than-chuck-norris/
  11. Webpage of Vladimir Putin
  12. Louise I. Shelley, The Price Tag of Russia's Organized Crime
  13. https://www.rt.com/news/206703-russia-guns-self-defense/
  14. http://forum18.org/archive.php?article_id=2197s
  15. http://www.christianpost.com/news/russia-persecution-christians-intensifies-putin-cant-be-trusted-experts-warn-184255/
  16. http://www.aif.ru/society/law/delo_est_a_boga_net_za_chto_na_samom_dele_sudyat_viktora_krasnova?fbclid=IwAR2bypeUccKIaU4-J0V-Ybe4pl0EsUK32g4EaItpB8pdJ_ZQ5SYS37lh7dU
  17. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/03/russian-atheist-faces-year-in-jail-for-denying-existence-of-god-during-webchat
  18. Gstalter, Morgan (May 2, 2019). Putin signs controversial internet law. The Hill. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  19. Putin Signs ‘Sovereign Internet’ Law, Expands Government Control
  20. Bonn, Tess (December 26, 2019). Russia successfully tests country-wide alternative to global internet. The Hill. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  21. Bennetts, Marc (August 12, 2019). Putin's political milestone marred by plummeting polls, massive protests. The Washington Times. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  22. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-07/putins-back-on-the-world-stage/4415318
  23. https://youtu.be/DHIxry8WfyA
  24. The Economist, April 21, 2007
  25. https://www.reuters.com/article/homepageCrisis/idUSL03585550._CH_.2400
  26. Are You An Independent Russian Judge? You're Fired, RobertAmsterdam.com
  27. Kim Zigfeld, Putin's Own Worst Enemy American Thinker, December 08, 2009
  28. http://larussophobe.wordpress.com/2009/12/03/editorial-another-russian-journalist-takes-the-putin-plunge
  29. http://news.independent.co.uk/europe/article1819666.ece
  30. Russian Lawyer in Slain Journalist Case Says She, Family Poisoned AP, October 15, 2008
  31. http://www.levada.ru/prezident.html Putin's Approval Ratings
  32. The Economist, April 21, 2007
  33. Politkovskaya, Anna. Putin's Russia. London: Harvill Press, 2004
  34. Hannity: Examining key points from Russian indictments
  35. https://youtu.be/I-9aD45qxbE
  36. Putin urges Russians to return to values of religion, FT.com, September 19, 2013
  37. Donald Trump accuses Russia of taking Crimea by force in attempt to distance himself from campaign allegations
  38. Washington condemns arrests of hundreds of protesters against Vladimir Putin's government
  39. Tillerson: US to maintain Ukraine-related sanctions on Russia until Crimea is returned
  40. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4389332/Russia-calls-airstrikes-Syria-act-aggression.html
  41. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/07/world/middleeast/russia-iran-us-strikes-syria.html?_r=0
  42. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/228064
  43. Putin 'deeply concerned' by Trump's Jerusalem move. IsraelNationalNews. December 18, 2017. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  44. Putin Criticizes Trump Over Iran Nuclear Deal. Haaretz. June 10, 2018. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  45. Why Russia Would Specifically Choose to Threaten Florida With a Nuclear Blast
  46. Why would Putin want to nuke Florida?
  47. https://dennismichaellynch.com/daily-newsletter/
  48. https://www.politico.eu/article/opinion-schroders-russian-sell-out/
  49. https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2011/03/10/remarks-vice-president-joe-biden-and-russian-prime-minister-vladimir-put
  50. https://thenationalpulse.com/analysis/putin-humiliated-biden-in-moscow-meeting/
  51. https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/missionquestfpb/shock-man-who-had-hunter-biden-s-laptop-suggests-t-t10669-s2420.html
  52. https://www.rferl.org/a/russian-court-declares-late-moscow-mayor-s-widow-wanted-after-failure-to-appear/30348065.html
  53. http://rt.com/business/168192-eu-sanctions-crimea-deadlock/
  54. http://www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/news/russian-sanctions-debate-divides-eu/
  55. https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4464/eu-russia
  56. Strobel, Warren P. (March 11, 2019). Russia’s Economic Clout in Europe Grows Despite Sanctions, Study Says. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  57. An article biased in favor of abortion but useful for its quotations
  58. https://www.rt.com/russia/538121-putin-children-swap-gender-monstrous/
  59. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6sIZ8-C1vw
  60. https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/vladimir_putin_452527
  61. https://www.rt.com/politics/putin-accuses-bolsheviks-treason-877/
  62. http://www.newsweek.com/russias-putin-says-he-always-liked-communist-socialist-ideas-419289
  63. https://pjmedia.com/faith/tyler-o-neil/2018/01/17/putin-soviet-communism-is-very-similar-to-christianity-party-rules-are-a-bible-excerpt-n101328
  64. Newman, Alex (January 16, 2018). Communism “Very Similar” to Christianity, Putin Claims. The New American. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  65. https://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-russia-stalin-model-20150611-story.html
  66. https://www.quora.com/Is-Vladimir-Putin-personally-religious
  67. http://www.trevorloudon.com/2017/10/non-communist-putin-opens-major-international-communist-youth-festival/
  68. http://www.trevorloudon.com/2017/07/russia-to-host-major-international-communist-youth-festival-on-putins-instructions/
  69. https://westernfreepress.com/is-vladimir-putin-a-communist/
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