And here I was under the impression he didn’t put up with their expansionist jihad ways.
He puts with it up when it serves Russia’s purposes, and sometimes it does. Classic realpolitik. No one has “friends”.....they have interests.
But I wouldn’t call Putin “anti-Muslim”. Perhaps “anti-Salafist” might be a better way of stating it.
As far as Islam growing as a religion in Russia, he seems to have no overt problem with that in and of itself. His hackles are raised when it’s the more extreme interpretations of Islam. Like the aforementioned Salafists.