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  • Yes he is.

    Putin murders opposition, and he has been leading that country for 3 therms. Isn't it odd that just people opposing Putin gets killed, and not many in the Kremlin party. You can't say anything bad about Putin without being put to jail.
    You also can't protest.
    Putin also seems to hate the EU since he doesn't want Ukraine to join.

  • Definitely a dictator

    He has invented external enemies to deceive his coutrymen. He has controlled all media and throttled dissent. He has ignored Russia's 1994 Budapest obligations saying he didn't sign it (he is more important than the State). In short, the only difference between Putin and Hitler is that Hitler was 3cm taller.

  • From jailing anyone regardless of crimes to a propaganda army that controls news and astroturfs massively on the internet (proof is in the no)

    A master of manipulation(ex kgb), he has held power for over a decade(had to have a puppet president for a term) using russian oligarchs, massive propaganda control of major media, and fear by false imprisonment of opponent s. The arrest of everything from russian billionaires to opposition leaders to political party members, even russian bands are scary, but not nearly as far reaching and useful as his propaganda machine that buys up news ads, and anchors alike to tell you the russian people their corrupt government isnt as bad as the rest of the worlds more corrupt governments(very large lie). Lately he has gone to filling up the internet with astroturfing every comment section about anything russian which makes it hard toget an opinion that is not putins(this is done through media companies he holds in multiple countries that are paid to spread positive media spin about russia through spamming comment sections or any other user speak to make it seem like it is a common opinion even though it is not at all). To reinforce his position, he even trickles out some weak opponents and proceeds to crush them in arguments to make it appear he is democratic even though its staged. Its scary the lies about him his own people have bought in to, and as his ego grows so will his otrocities unless the russian people stop being blind to his crimes and unite against him.

  • Putin is a dictator.

    The reason Vladimir Putin is a dictator is because of the legislation he passes against specific groups of people--homosexuals and certain musicians for example--and he will even have them jailed. Also, he rigged the elecion so he would remain in office, which is always a sign that a leader is a dictator.

  • He's subverted Russia's democratic experiment.

    Yes, Vladimir Putin should be called a dictator instead of President. He has changed the laws in Russia to ensure he can stay President as long as he wants. He pushes a domestic policy that punishes people for political involvement that does not glorify him. He's not democratic at all.

  • Uses massive propaganda to control his own people(including massive internet astroturfing) for his self interest and beliefs and jails on false pretenses all who disagree

    A master of manipulation(ex kgb), he has held power for over a decade(had to have a puppet president for a term) using russian oligarchs, massive propaganda control of major media, and fear by false imprisonment of opponent s. The arrest of everything from russian billionaires to opposition leaders to political party members, even russian bands are scary, but not nearly as far reaching and useful as his propaganda machine that buys up news ads, and anchors alike to tell you the russian people their corrupt government isnt as bad as the rest of the worlds more corrupt governments(very large lie). Lately he has gone to filling up the internet with astroturfing every comment section about anything russian which makes it hard toget an opinion that is not putins(this is done through media companies he holds in multiple countries that are paid to spread positive media spin about russia through spamming comment sections or any other user speak to make it seem like it is a common opinion even though it is not at all). Its scary the lies about him his own people have bought in to, and as his ego grows so will his otrocities unless the russian people stop being blind to his crimes and unite against him.

  • He does what dictators do.

    Vladimir Putin on his term has been praised as a person to fight against the oligarchs of Russia, but all he did was replace the oligarch of the time with those of his own making. He also nationalised all the television and turned into a propoganda machine that rivals those of Soviet times. He also halted all the progress towards peace and cooperation with the western countries. Also I don't even need to mention The ukraine crysis

  • Changed the Law so that he could stay in power

    In an open political system no one stays in power as long as he has. Russia, China, and Syria all support each other because they are all controlling the political system to stay in power. Putin grabbed the Crimea for one reason and that is to keep his only Mediterranean port.

  • Yes he is

    I think that Vladimir Putin is a dictator. Sure, we are Americans, and we probably don't know very much about him, but we can assume that he is. First off, he doesn't let his people watch what they what they want, and he totally edits things out.
    Thank you,
    Anonymous.

  • Yes he is

    I think that Vladimir Putin is a dictator. Sure, we are Americans, and we probably don't know very much about him, but we can assume that he is. First off, he doesn't let his people watch what they what they want, and he totally edits things out.
    Thank you,
    Anonymous.

  • He is not a dictator

    He actually helped Russia stand up on its own. Without him, the Russian Federation would have failed as a nation. Also, Russia is not ready for a democracy yet. Even though he's a dictator, if his intentions are good, it will work out. He is confident and loving to his citizens.

  • I am An American No I do not think he is the Monster that the media wants you to believe.

    The people of Russia love him 80%+ approval
    Can you say that our President not even close.
    The Collapse of the Soviet Union was a great catastrophic event in his eyes. He is very cunning very intelligent. Yes the Kremlin is very corrupt and so is the US big time. I have studied him as far as a leader is concerned I very much respect him. I have Russian friends that live there and in adjacent regions. Fact the US has put our women and men in foreign lands many times but oh that is ok.
    I think the ones there have good intentions. Our government not so much look at the mess we have made in the Middle East.
    So now Putin is in Syria and the West is freaked out.
    Why because our leaders have agendas that are not in the people's interest.
    He knows Isis is a major threat to his homeland.
    You better believe if it is fact that the Russian Airliner
    was attacked and linked to Isis those cowards will wish they were never born nor is there any place they can hide.
    So in closing I am not saying he is Saint but nor the Monster either.
    Just thoroughly do your own research you just might find that not all you know is all true.
    By the way some of the Western ways has influenced her people clothing hi rise apartments just a couple examples.
    Only about 20% speak English however English is taught in schools today.

  • 81% of Russians love Putin.

    Russians know better about their politicians than US Dumb stupids. The people who live inside the country have to decide is he dictator or not. Not from the US propaganda. West always want to dominate and cannot tolerate Eastern people are more intelligent and technology pioneer. It should come in gene not by reducing the east.

    Http://www.Nytimes.Com/aponline/2014/12/18/world/europe/ap-eu-russia-putins-people.Html?_r=1

  • Putin is not a dictator

    Putin is subject to general elections and minimum terms. He is just really popular. He also has had to make hard decisions for Russia - he has every right to see Russia strong. Maybe the West should have helped Russia in the 90s rather try raping her. He took over a mess of a country which was NOT helped by the West.

  • In the eyes of america, anything different from it isn't right.

    In the eyes of america, anything different from it isn't right. Have some perspective. Putin has been elected by his people. He has not used any brutal force to get to his level. Also, as was stated previously, Britains leader can stay that position for as long as they wish as long as the majority of the people support them ( and it is considered one of the freest country in the world.

  • Putin is nothing like a dictator

    Putin has been chosen by the Russian people as president on three separate occasions, 2000, 2004 and 2012 and has won by decisive margins on each occasion. In 2012 he won 65% of the vote, far more than achieved by Obama, Cameron, Hollande or any other European President or Prime Minister I can think of. He current approval rating is 88%, yes 88%, which certainly does not reflect a populace than believes that it being oppressed by dictatorial rule. Many western commentators claim that opposition is not tolerated: please explain then why one of his harshest critics, Masha Gessen, is allowed to live freely in Moscow while regularly providing anti-Putin propaganda to Russophobic organisations like Voice of America. Her book, The Man Without a Face, which is an undisguised diatribe against Putin has been available in Russia since 2012. Putin is no dictator, he is the democratic choice of the Russian people in their resistance to the manoeuvres by the US, EU and NATO to encircle and threaten Russia. Because he has the courage to resist this aggression, western politicians and their compliant media paint him as some sort of demon. I'm reminded of the quote attributed to Goebbels: If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.

  • Putin is a hero

    When he became President of Russia, Russia was a failing state. The country was tortured by Chechen separatists, and robbed by shameless Jewish oligarch who cared more about their dogs then people of Russia.
    Then the country desperately needed a strong and honest leader who can save the country from being divided between foreign corporations. Somebody may say that Putin's leadership is lack of democracy, but how can one fight criminals like Boris Berisovsky and Mikhail Khodarkovsky who think that rule of low doesn't apply to them? Why did Obama simply kill Bin Laden instead of arresting him and letting him go through a trial? Was American President a democrat in that case?
    Being a Russian patriot, Vladimir Putin acted in interests of Russian state. He did his best to restore the order of law in his country, to increase the level of life in Russia, and to return Russian citizens their dignity.
    Yes, his country has a long way to go to catch up with the most powerful states. However, Americans should remember that their democracy has flaws, and, instead of trying to harm Russian economy, be more comprehensive of the fact that as two greatest nuclear states we won't survive on this Earth if we intimidate each other.
    I am from Crimea originally, and I am very grateful that Putin liberated the country of my birth from 60 year-long Ukrainian occupation. In two month he has done more for Crimea than Independent Ukraine has done in 20 years. I has a right to say so as I witnessed everything first hand.
    In conclusion, everything he has done so far was done not for the sake of his glory, but for the sake of a secure and prosperous future of Russia.

  • Putin is a hero

    When he became President of Russia, Russia was a failing state. The country was tortured by Chechen separatists, and robbed by shameless Jewish oligarch who cared more about their dogs then people of Russia.
    Then the country desperately needed a strong and honest leader who can save the country from being divided between foreign corporations. Somebody may say that Putin's leadership is lack of democracy, but how can one fight criminals like Boris Berisovsky and Mikhail Khodarkovsky who think that rule of low doesn't apply to them? Why did Obama simply kill Bin Laden instead of arresting him and letting him go through a trial? Was American President a democrat in that case?
    Being a Russian patriot, Vladimir Putin acted in interests of Russian state. He did his best to restore the order of law in his country, to increase the level of life in Russia, and to return Russian citizens their dignity.
    Yes, his country has a long way to go to catch up with the most powerful states. However, Americans should remember that their democracy has flaws, and, instead of trying to harm Russian economy, be more comprehensive of the fact that as two greatest nuclear states we won't survive on this Earth if we intimidate each other.
    I am from Crimea originally, and I am very grateful that Putin liberated the country of my birth from 60 year-long Ukrainian occupation. In two month he has done more for Crimea than Independent Ukraine has done in 20 years. I has a right to say so as I witnessed everything first hand.
    In conclusion, everything he has done so far was done not for the sake of his glory, but for the sake of a secure and prosperous future of Russia.

  • Term length doesn't matter.

    In Britain, as long as he/she wins a seat in the general election, a Prime Minister can stay in office as long as he/she wishes. Britain is known as one of the most free, tolerant and liberal democratic countries in the world...And if they allow as many terms as wanted as long as a majority and seat is won, Russia can not be criticised for this.

  • United States thinks that Putin is a dictator because they think that everybody is a dictator

    Just because Putin got elected as president of Russia 2 times, that doesn't mean that he is a dictator or tyrant. He is by far NOT the richest man in the world, and he does disagree with the US in some cases, but that doesn't make him a tyrant either!


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