Stalin? Even Khruschev? Most of the Tsars? Ivan the Terrible?
And that’s just counting past Russian/USSR leaders.
Pol Pot? Mao?
Ok, how about Kim Jung Un? Assad? The recently departed (Good Riddance) Fidel Castro?
Putin isn’t as bad as any of these.
I agree with you — on all that.
(He’s certainly several degrees of evil lower that guys like Stalin or Assad.)
IF he’s killed anyone (and we still have no absolute proof) its a handful of journalists
There’s no death camps
I agree with that too.
I have him pegged as an authoritiarian (but not sadistic) Russian nationalist.
Also agree with that — 100%.
Essentially, I agree with all of your comment.
(I would add perhaps that Putin’s targets are not only opposition journalists, but also political figures. Here’s a moving story about Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and her admiration for Boris Nemtsov, a Russian reformer during the post-USSR years. Nemtsov got killed with four bullets in the back near the Kremlin, in one of the most prominent political assassinations of recent years — after publishing information critical of Putin).
But yes, besides that addition, I strongly agree with you.