Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is hardly anyone’s favorite President. Maybe because of his gunslinger gait or the media portrayal of him being the typical “Chenkov” that beats Jean Claude Van Damme until the latter becomes charged and kills him off with his flying kick (perhaps no JCVD can match Putin).
In most movies, while Americans are depicted as “patriots” “heroes” “righteous”, Russians, on the other hand, are shown as “cold-hearted”, “propagandists” “spies”, bodies as strong as steel, with fierce looking, cold stares.
While reacting to the President of the United States of America’s remark about Democrats stony expression, during the State of the Union, is “un-American” and “treasonous”, Joan Walsh, political analyst at the Cable Network News (CNN), said Donald Trump has hit a “new low”, and “shows again and again that he might be more comfortable being President of Russia, having Vladimir Putin’s job, than the job that he has”, as if Putin is the worst similitude for a braggadocious Trump.
History with Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti (KGB)
Putin is perhaps the only world President known to have served as a covert operative in a revered and presumably infamous agency as the KGB. He was KGB from 1975 till 1991.
Being the security agency for the Soviet Union from 1954 till its breakup in 1991, the KGB was said to be unique because of its independence, as it was hardly controlled by the Nation’s leaders. This, however, is the same way many view America’s CIA, British MI6 and even to a large extent Nigeria’s NIA.
Unlike these other agencies, the KGB was mainly concerned with the Soviet’s internal affairs like Border, Intelligence, and orientation, although it is constantly being accused of doing far more than this; from propaganda to arrest of dissidents in the then Soviet Union.
His Joseph-Stalin rise to power
Putin is widely believed to be the “modern day Joseph Stalin”, the most feared man among his contemporaries, who defeated German Ruler, Adolf Hitler, when the latter renegade on an earlier alliance with Russia, in the Battle of Stalingrad. Although Putin’s approach may be more conservative than Stalin’s, both are considered ruthless in warfare (even though Nobel Peace Prize winner, Barack Obama, bombed at least seven Countries: Libya, Somalia, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan, Iraq, and Syria, killing thousands and created the greatest refugee flight since World War II).
His Approval Rating despite style of Government
His training with the KGB, now FSB (Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation), may be responsible for Putin’s ability to create a niche for himself in all ramifications, including his style of governance (being the longest-serving leader of Russia after Joseph Stalin). Russians experienced a new dawn, and the world witnessed a new style of government tailored by Putin himself, Authoritarian Democracy.
Yet his approval ratings among Russions, according to a June 2007 public opinion survey, was 81%, the second highest of any leader in the world that year. In 2014 it rose to 85.9%
In February 2015, based on new domestic polling, Putin was ranked the world’s most popular politician. In June the same year, his approval ratings rose to 89%.
In comparison, the highest approval rating of any American President was 70% for John F. Kennedy. This, to many, explains why western media make frantic effort to portray Putin as a villain. Putin’s high approval rating seems like an argument against democracy.
His disregard for International Norms
Putin’s violation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) airspace and engaging in provocative acts, including several near misses with NATO aircraft is one viewed as a Desperado act. Russian aircrafts have also engaged in simulated bombing attacks in areas ranging from the North Sea to the Baltic to the Arctic and along the U.S. coastline. Putin also signed a law that enables Russia’s High Court to overthrow decisions made by the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). The decision also stated the Russian constitution would take priority over international law.
His influence in the U.S election
The Hillary Clinton and Trump fracas and Russia’s role are still in the news, with new facts coming to light daily. Although Trump may deny all he wants, many still believe he owes his victory to Russia. Terms like Russian Hackers, Russian influence Fake News, and the likes took over the News circle all over the world.
President Trump has also been described severally as a disciple of Putin as the US President had described him as a strong leader who is smarter than former US President, Barrack Obama. His declaration that “We’re going to have a great relationship with Putin and Russia.” and his subtle praise of Putin has not help the rumour that the Russians wanted him there and did had a hand in the outcome of the elections.
His Country’s Military, technological and Nuclear abilities
Being the leader of one of the five Nuclear Weapon States (Russia, China, France, United Kingdom and the United States), coupled with its spying technologies, Putin sure fits the part of the villain in every superhero movie.
Russia has a million soldiers and 2 million in reserve with a general population of just 144 million people. The US has just 300,000 more soldiers but just 865,000 in reserve., with a general population of 323 million persons.
Among Putin’s many power play is his always arriving late to meetings with just anyone from Pope Francis to US delegation to Queen Elizabeth.
In 2012, Putin kept former US Secretary of State, John Kerry, waiting for 3 hours before arriving for a scheduled meeting.He kept Pope Francis waiting for 1 hour before another scheduled meeting and Queen Elizabeth was not left out. She had to wait for the Russian President. Former Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych waited about 4 hours.
There is even a long list of leaders from Israel to Spain to Sweden and almost 10 other countries.
While some say Mr. Putin comes late on purpose as a psychological game to establish that he is in control, others say he cross checks his facts very close to meetings and this explains the lateness.