He may be a conniving bastard and still an evil ex-KGB agent, but Putin is also a "genius" in the art of manipulation and subterfuge. Just think about it......Without firing one missile, Putin has not only either killed or exiled any opponent to his dictatorship, but has also RE-gained, thanks to Trump, world power status for Russia...a country that was on the brink of financial collapse because of the plutocracy and oligarchy Putin has managed to establish. Always remember that the city with the MOST millionaires and billionaires is not New York or London or Paris.........but MOSCOW. If that is not surprising enough, consider what Putin has also been able to do in the last couple of years: He (perhaps even to his own surprise) has been able through effective propaganda and with an army of hackers, install in OUR white House a useful idiot and stooge named, Trump. Putin has also been able to convince 1/3 of our electorate to NOT trust (and even resent) our media outlets, polling methodologies and democratic precepts. Finally, Putin has also been able (again through the useful idiot, Trump) to create discord within NATO, fracturing the most effective coalition of democratic countries to counter Putin's ambitions to re-establish a Russian empire.....The annexation of Crimea and parts of the Ukraine (and soon other territories is just the start of his campaign.....a campaign that Trump will just swallow as "none of our business".... So, all in all, Putin may be an evil son of a bitch.....but extremely smart and effective in having helped to install the patsy who is currently [probably] golfing somewhere.