But that doesn’t mean he’s winning or that it’s a winning strategy. He’s actually very weak, just like all autocrats, so all he can do is delay losing.
There are only two things that make this a conspiracy theory at this point: the alleged Rosneft…
Herr Weh

This is such a critical factor to keep in mind. They only have power if it is ceded to them via fear, cowardice and ignorance.