Umm this is contrasting...
Dick Chenny lecturing that Gas and Oil to russia, seriously Dick of all the people..1:10:18
Now my personal take:
1.] Putin brought stability from a corrupt regime of Yelstin
2.] He used Oligarchs than allow Oligarchs to use him
3.] He wishes to maintain a level of infleunce around the region.. doesnt all countries that are large do that, well exception maybe Canada coz it has a even larger one south of it ;)
He is definetely not white but not all black, as any Western politician..
haha atleast not like Italian berlo :-D
so where is the area of improvement..
Public, fair elections, promotion of democracy and rights.. Yes but this is exactly the same areas where US sponsored nations, oh yeah like saudi arabia lack...
So the answer is mixed, he is gray like any large nation that needs reason to hold itself together and not bite itself. :-) but yeah the public needs to push for further rights and freedom, someday they will, but no other nation can make them do the right thing.. they need to get it themselves