Popular support, Too is irrelevant in determining whether someone qualifies as a dictator. For all we know Hitler's popularity was fantastic (up until ~1943/44, Then it started to wane somewhat).
Putin owns the courts, Decides which laws are enacted, Who goes to prison or is murdered by his secret service (preventing the rise of any serious challengers). He controls the media (=state propaganda) and the internet to a large degree. He decides when his country goes to war. Because his henchmen falsify election results as necessary, There is no way to remove him from power by an election. He and his cronies have divided the spoils of the Soviet Union amongst themselves, With himself taking the lion's share of what used to be public property, Making him one of the richest persons on earth. This incredible level of corruption would be impossible for a democratic head of state.
As a response to the (paid? ) Putin apologists here who claim this dictator for some reason isn't one: There is no western media conspiracy against Putin. There are only facts and lies. Lies are what is told by dictators, Would-be dictators and their supporters. Verifiable facts are what is reported by a free press. When an outlet reports a falsehood, Another member of the free press will call it out and correct it. The allegation that there is a global conspiracy against Putin is ludicrous propaganda.
(Posted in March 2021)
He came to power after he orchestrated via the FSB, the 1999 Moscow Buildings Bombing. Which killed so many people. He has removed freedom of speech. He ordered the killings of journalists and human rights activists like Anna Politkovskaya, Nikolay Griego, politicians like Boris Nemtsov, and many more. He has murdered thousands of people (mostly children) in Syria. The Russian economy has deteriorated. He has committed horrendous acts of horror via his Chechen zombie idiot , e.g. mass genocide of homosexuals in Chechnya. He supports both Assad and ISIS.
In short, Vladimir Putin is an immoral monster. The world will be a happier and better place without Putin
Putin is a dictator plain and simple. Anyone who says he isn't is either brainwashed or doesn't know the definition of the word dictator. He has even ammended the constitution to extend his rule. For people who argue that he has a high approval rate please refer to North Korea.
Putin's background is in the KGB, corrupt local government, and corrupt business. He has been involved in manipulation to gain money and power since before he left the KGB. He controls the news media, controls the plutocrats (those who opposed him are imprisoned or dead), and allows no opposition. He has gone so far as to assassinate the opposition leader. Yes, Russia does have "elections". But so did the Soviets, and only an idiot would say that these were free. He is a dictator. If he wasn't, then Hitler or Stalin weren't dictators either.
1. When Putin is President, the President runs Russia. When Putin is Prime Minister, the Prime Minister runs Russia. The government's structure adjusts to keep Putin at the top.
2. His country's press largely does what he tells them, so that the public always agrees with his policies.
3. If you're too critical of him, you end up in jail.
4. He introduces brutal laws against citizens he dislikes (e.G. Gays).
5. He has personally stolen billions from his people.
6. Through his control of information and ability to jail his opponents, he nearly always gets his way domestically.
Many people who say his not a dictator say well his not a evil tyrant thus not a dictator. A dictator is not what he does, but the power he hold in his country, when you have no clear opposition parties that can challenge the one in power and/or the ones there where were killed off or suffered horrible accidents then that too make a dictator. I would also like to say you can not have a half dictator either just like you can't have a half King. You are either a dictator or not. As for Putin yes he is helping the Russian economy and trying to pull it out of the depression the USSR had left it in that doesn't make he not a dictator.
For example Napoleon was a dictator before he was and Emperor, he pull France out of Republican chaos and forged a Empire covering most of Europe. Napoleon wasn't a tyrant at all, power hungry yes.
To summarize people please make a good argument defending Putin as a democrat and not just what he has done with his absolutely power.
And it was Bush that Invaded Iraq, not Obama. And invading other countries does not make you a dictator, it just happens that dictator do it a lot. Look at Great Britain birth place of modern democracy but invaded 1/5 of the worlds surface and Britain is was not a dictatorship then.
Sorry for missed spelled stuff, I'm doing this on my phone.
Putin has proved he will bend (and it is largely suspected rig) elections to remain in power, this itself is completely undemocratic.
Additionally effectively remaining in power by holding a different office in order to circumvent constitutional limitations on consecutive presidential terms is at least a highly cynical practice. But when you consider that Putin effectively maintained his power within government during that time (using Medvedev as a figure head) it has to at least be conceded that he has managed to serve as leader long after his terms in office should have expired. This has been a hallmark of dictatorships worldwide. And it is widely accepted that democracy has fallen when a leader stays beyond their constitutional mandate. Putin remains in power, with no end date to his regime, and no balanced opposition. Putin is for all intents and purposes not a democratic leader, and is therefore a dictator.
Must be so annoying for him that he has to pretend he's a democratic ruler cause he hates democracy. He's an offspring of the soviet era dictators. There was a ducumentary where one of his right hand man who sought assylum in USA explained it all. According to him Putin sleeps with a shotgun in his hands.
The murder of Boris Nemtsov, even more than previous assassinations of journalists and other figures deemed unhelpful to Vladimir Putin’s regime, feels like a moment of grim significance. It represents a watershed, dividing Putin’s past from his future. Does anyone really think anyone else would be permitted to win an election in Russia were one held? Of course not.There’s an old Russian joke which says it all. A man is arrested for distributing leaflets in Red Square. At the police station it is discovered all the leaflets are blank. ‘Why is this?’, the authorities ask. And the man replies: Everyone knows what is going on, so why bother to write it down?
When a political leader holds all the reigns of power in the country such as military, police, media, judicial and legislative system he is more than eligible to be portrayed as a dictator. However he is not a fully fledged one such was for example Hitler and there are some masks or should I say a wiff of democracy in today's Russia. He appears to give freedom of speech and or expression but never allows other TV stations to broadcast his speeches and no journalist or other audience except the selected few. Also anyone can and is beaten and imprisoned even poisoned/killed if he and his friends feel threatened. He is expected to lead the country till 2024, that means 25 years in power. To do that he had to change the law! So he is a dictator in all but name. It's not necessarily bad, there are examples in history of good dictators/emperors with full powers such as Marcus Aurelius, Constantine, etc. who went down as just and wise rulers but mostly they were corrupt as absolutely as their power was. So we will see how Putin fares by history but he is a Russian Tzar!
Anyone opposing America is branded or portrayed as opressive and tyrannical by the western media. Sure he invaded Crimea, after the referedum stated that 95% of crimeans, who were ethnic Russians, actually wanted to be a part of Russia. Furthermore, his reaction towards the ousting of president Yanukovych after the Ukraine revolution was very reasonable, after all the the euromaidan movement was clearly backed up by the European Union in order to pull the Ukraine away form the CIS and towards the EU for economic and strategic reasons. The urkaine is Russia's most important economic beacon and strategic buffer towards the EU, therefore the most natural response is to feel threatened by the EU if they were to take it away as they tried throught the Euromaidan movement. And for those that claim that Putin is evil just because he invaded a country and is an ex-member of the KGB, think about how the despicable and brutal modus operandi of the CIA, such as all the political assassinations and coup d'etats in South America during the cold war, which led to son much death and opression that still has a considerable effect in many South-American countries, think about how Obama invaded Iraq for absolutely no reason (weapons of mass destruction never found) and the consequence of this invasion is more than 500,000 dead and counting. I think we may be calling the wrong guy a dictator.
Putin is supported by about 65-83% of Russians. Obama is supported by 47%, you can call Obama a dictator because people don't even like his decisions and they can't do anything about it. All he is doing is standing up for his ideals and US does not like it, and its the reason for all the bullsh*t they say in CNN about Russia.
Why is he a dictator? Because he is one of the only leaders that does not support United States? What exactly has he done to be called a dictator? He never outlawed homosexuality, he outlawed propaganda of homosexuality. He doesn't make decisions by himself, they have their own type of Congress where people vote whether to make a law or not. What exactly is wrong with being a KGB officer? I all the time see people acting like KGB is something completely horrible, do you people even know what it is? KGB, CIA - same agencies with the same purpose. I don't believe Russia ever displayed itself as perfect, Putin always talks about how "we need to improve, it is our fault we have led our country into poverty" and in fact it has improved over the past 10 years and this is why people support him. They do have protests in Russia, its just they are not major because Putin is supported by 80% of the Russian population.
I do not believe Putin is a dictator however his life long term does make it seem that way to some people. I actually think Putin is pretty level headed and overall I think his policies are good for the people of Russia. He's not perfect and with that he does have some issues with specific topics, but that doesn't make him a dictator.
While Putin has very strong control of the overall Russian Government I wouldn't call him a dictator, he is kept in check by other political forces inside the Government and he is elected by the people in most fair elections, both of those things are very un-dictator like, I don't really believe you can consider Putin a dictator.
Why Putin at the helm of power makes sense at time time is also because of how Russia is. By this I mean the country as a whole. The sheer vastness and countless ethnicities make Russia a hard country to govern. It shares its border with many countries, Thus it has conflicts. Then, There are international pressures and internal affairs which include terrorism and mafia. The political environment appears to be the most hostile kind. Putin seems to have found a way to keep the oligarchs in check along with the Russian mafia and the rebel groups. Maybe not in a clean way but in a way that the normal life is stable. A successor may fail to keep the state together. This fear also makes many Russians still vote for him.
Russia was under communism for a major part of the last century. There is this phenomenon termed 'Soviet Nostalgia' seen, When those brought up during that time long for the communist regime. Many favour stability over materialism. They resist change and prefer having sense of pride in their country and heritage to seeing capitalistic corporate buildings.
This can explain that a lot of the older people favour Putin because he is seen to have brought 'pride' back to the Russians.
Putin is not liked by youth. What the younger generation sees as progress is different than the older people. Therefore most who dislike him are youngsters, Those who did not live through the hard times. Also, Due to technology and globalization, Youth have a western idea of what democracy should look like. This is totally justified.
Putin is not a dictator. He enjoys a popularity that is unseen in democratic countries but can be understood when one looks deeper into the country that is in question.
His background as a KGB officer makes him cold and calculated but not a dictator.
The Russian narrative is largely controlled by the western media. So everytime we read/watch anything, We have to take it with a grain of salt and try to look beyond the headlines.
Putin has many flaws but he is not a dictator.
He is really liked by Russian people. Not by the ones in social media or online or in internet forums by which I mean the youth but by the older and more conservative population of the country. This can be confirmed if you watch any video on what Russians think of Putin from independent journalists to western news channels. He appeals to the older generations way more than the youth, Which is quite understandable.
When we talk about democracy, We need to also consider the country we are talking about. The idea of democracy may be different in western countries like USA and Canada from other countries around the world.
Looking back at Russia's history from the Russian Empire to Oktober Revolution to Stalin's reign of terror and the fall of communism and collapse of USSR, It is understandable that people want stability more than anything. For the majority in the world, It is hard to imagine witnessing a country collapse, To watch the nation you worked so hard fall, Crumble before your eyes. That's also where the reasons for Putin's popularity lie. He is seen as a redeeming figure, Who helped the country rise from the worst years possible. This is debatable, For outsiders who have not lived through the tumultuous time in history, This is where many argue that it was because of oil prices and all but for people it was a relief from the disastrous Boris Yeltsin era. It was when Putin became a leader who was strong enough to lead Russia.
Also, If one looks into the demographics of Russia, Religion plays an important role. Orthodox Eastern Christianity is dominant followed by Islam. So Putin's conservative views may be seen unfavorably in the west, They are the sentiments shared by majority of the people. He revived the Orthodox churches which were in dire straits during the Soviet era. Again, This may be a political move but is a reason for his support.
Coming to freedom of speech, It may be restricted but is not completely suppressed to the point where the state can be called as a dictatorship.
The fact that there are oppositions and so many openly hate him on a daily basis, There are articles written everyday against him in his own country are proofs that freedom of speech is not wholly suppressed.
Elected in freely held elections, and holds over 75% of the popular support. Of course he will never be removed from power, everyone firkin loves him!... Except the west of course, and all those brainwashed by the west posting here calling him a dictator. Well suck it up losers he's here to stay.
Look, Putin is a freely elected president who has done a lot for his country. Everything he does is for the good of Russia and not for himself. He is a very passionate leader and an example to prove this would be the time he, out of his own will, went to the victims of the fire and gave them new houses and money because of the losses they suffered. I know that being a dictator means that he is in full power but he is not. He takes the opinion of people and only passes a law or makes a decision if his people approve. Just because He doesn't support America, it does not mean that he is a bad person and a dictator. Though he sometimes controls the press, doesn't America too by covering up everything good that Putin has done and only putting fumbles or making up articles about Putin. Why does Putin support Trump? No it is not because Putin will achieve something out of it, it is because he has spoken with Trump and Trump has told Putin that he will remake bonds between Russia and America. Putin is not a dictator because He is not in full power and he takes the opinions of his subjects as well before making any important decisions. Putin is a democratic president and has been freely elected by Russia 4 times consecutively because Russians approve of Putin and everything he does for the country. Putin is a very strong and compassionate leader who is dedicated to improving the status of his home country, Russia.
I donot think that Putin is a dictator. With the past history of all the dictators, his actions just donot support for him being a dictator. In Britain's decision of leaving EU, he repeatedly calls it the decision of English people. He talks about mutual agreements in the foreign alignment. A dictator would just try to influence his decision and impose it on it's allies, which apparently US is doing. Putin strongly opposes that in his speeches. During the invasion of Iraq, US called for her alliance countries after they had invaded. That's imposition. The real reason why he is being called a dictator is because of his disagreement with some of the western policies. If the freedom of speech and standing one's ground just for the protection if one's people is called being a dictator, i am a dictator too.