Putin, essentially, appeals to the common man in Russia. Things are black are white and he doesn’t mince his words. He revels in that role of strongman and does everything to foster this image. He appears to care for the whole of Russia and does not hesitate to board a plane to travel to the furthest corners of his country.
There is no doubting, that for Russians, Putin has become somewhat of a cult figure. He enjoys being in the limelight. Being the centre of attention boosts his self-confidence and image. He tries to deflect the attention, from time to time, by saying that all he wants is a strong Russia created by Russians but the legacy of his Putin’s Russia has the potential to be long lasting.
His tough words carry resonance. A phrase that stood out for me was,
“If one policeman is killed by a bandit, then 10 bandits should be killed in return.’
This, for me, says a lot about the man.