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They don't respect your dignity or accept your authority over them. They punish dissent and imprison opponents. They rig your elections. They control your media. They harass, threaten, and banish organizations that defend your right to self-governance. To perpetuate their power they foster rampant corruption in your courts and your economy and terrorize and even assassinate journalists who try to expose their corruption.
The best part about people on ATS defending Putin is that he is everything the always claim to be afraid of. A huge para military force for internal control, reporters who end up dead or news organization closed if they do not follow the party line (good bye ATS) , arming anybody who has money for cheap weapons, lack of civil rights, all you suckers would have show up to be abused in the Russian miltary, strict gun laws, taxes like crazy etc. For all its flaws you people in the US and the West in general have no idea how good you have it. In some place like Russia all the paranoia would be valid and you would be to afraid to tell anybody about it.