Putin is merely trying to distract his citizens from the poor economy. However, he is clearly trying to establish himself as a powerful world leader to be taken seriously. And he should be taken seriously. He clearly has the potential to wreak havoc across the globe. Best to watch out for this guy.
Yes, Putin is merely trying to distract his citizens from the poor economy while also showing the world that he has powerful weapons. He wants people to fear Russia and to think they are the world's super power. It is simply a way for him to establish its dominance due to his own insecurities.
I think that Putin distracts Russia's citizens with displays of grandeur and power in attempts to portray the country in a greater light. Russia's economy is suffering and stunts such as displaying a super nuke only illustrates his efforts to lead his people into believing that Russia is still a world super power.
Russia unveiled Satan II to demonstrate its overwhelming power to other countries. The nuclear weapon could wipe out the state of Texas with a single strike or England and Wales. Russia is becoming more aggressive as the U.N. and countries increase pressure to change Russia's policies and laws. The weapons are a signal to these countries that Russia is independent.