Article: Vladimir Putin: Neither a Monster Nor a Messiah - I have debunked a number of myths propagated by the western mainstream media that portray Putin as some archetypal monster-villain. But in my perusal of a wide range of alternative media sites and their comments sections, I have observed another trend: a segment of people who are viewing Putin as some kind of Messiah figure. Just like the demonizers, some of these people lack nuance and complexity in their analysis of Putin.
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Putin is, first and foremost, a Russian patriot and pragmatist who's top priorities are the security and stability of Russia as well as improving Russians' living standards. Anyone who has an understanding of Russian geography and history immediately comprehends these priorities and why they resonate with the Russian people, who overwhelmingly believe that Putin is a good leader, whatever his flaws admittedly may be.
Putin wants to stop Washington's regime change madness in Ukraine and the Middle East because it is seriously destabilizing an area that is in Russia's backyard and, if left unchecked, has the potential to destabilize Russia directly in the future. To the extent that Putin's policies countering the Washington empire may lead to a more peaceful and stable world in the future, it is an ancillary benefit and not necessarily Putin's primary goal.
Putin believes that a multi-polar world with more equitable development and decision-making will provide the conditions in which his three priorities for Russia have the best chance of being fulfilled.