Having said that, knowing what I know of Putin (which I don't glean from western media), his goals are nationalistic in scope in rebuilding an Orthodox Christian Russia. His intent is no different than that of many of the Founders of this nation who stated and wrote of a moral people who would practice Christianity without infringement by government here in the US. The problem is that as with every government in existence today, there is a group that is intent on subverting morality as mentioned in supposed holy texts (John 8:44 for the Christians on this forum) as it benefits them and their immoral ways. These immoral people are at the top levels of the USG and as such are steering this nation down a highway of destruction. Those with eyes will see. Those who don't... oh well.