Who is Vladimir Putin?!?
Vladmir Putin is the newly re-inaugurated "President" of Russia; in reality, he's the Dictator of Russia. He's a former KGB guy. He's wildly corrupt. All-in-all, he's a really bad dude. I stand by my characterization in the title, here's why:
The following seven examples are a small sample of Vladimir Putin's malfeasance.
- Bullying the 'Near Abroad' -- In the imperial Russian mind, former Soviet 'republics' are known as Russia's 'Near Abroad.' Whether it's murdering the President of Poland, attempting to assassinate a Ukranian Presidential candidate, invading the sovereign republic of Georgia, or any one of hundreds of other examples, Vladimir Putin bullies those countries to keep them dependent on Moscow. Vladmir Putin makes it impossible for tens of millions of people beyond Russia borders to live in freedom.
- Helping Hugo Chavez -- Over the years, Putin has sold hundreds of Billions of Dollars worth of weapons to America's #1 enemy in the Western Hemisphere, Venezuelan Dictator Hugo Chavez.
- Helping Iran Build Nukes -- Time and again (and long before Obama), Vladimir Putin has run diplomatic interference for and actively assisted construction of Iran's nuclear program.
- Helping Saddam Hussein ditch his WMD's -- In February 2003, Saddam Hussein's WMD exited Iraq via Syria with Russian assistance.
- Murdering Journalists -- Hundreds of Journalists have been murdered by the Security Services in Russia since Putin assumed power. (Apologize for the Wikipedia link, but it has the full list in one place.)
- Provoking the 2008 Stock Market Collapse -- Yup, Putin helped provoke the 2008 stock market collapse; his exact role is in dispute, but it's now widely agreed he played a part.
- Homoerotic Propaganda Photos -- Whether he's riding a horse, flexing his biceps, or trouncing around with his gun Vladimir Putin has been photographed without his shirt time and again for years. I can't STAND these photos, they're creepy and gross. The fact that Barack Obama does the same thing doesn't help....
A small sampling of the evil Vladmir Putin has done over the years. Vladimir Putin is an Asshole. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.