I used to think Putin was a thug/autocrat [I should say I assume he must be. See * below.], but that’s what it takes sometimes.
That being said, he does seem to have Russia’s (and his own) interests at heart.
I like what he’s done to the oligarchs internally and his management of the Russian ship of state internationally … so far, especially regarding Syria and Crimea.
"… those worrying about socialism in America missed the big picture, ignoring what media critics John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney have called the “dollarocracy,” which they contend has set in place a “money and media election complex” that is destroying America."
* The following article helped sway me from thinking Putin was a thug: The Secret Back Story to Russia and Ukraine that Americans Never Learned In School. It’s not necessarily his style that is needed but his apparent integrity.