The Italians and Germans once thought Mussolini and Hitler “beacons of hope” also. American Christians are being deceived by Putin’s “Christianity,” in my opinion. He is no champion of freedom of religion and human rights. Non-Russian Orthodox Christians have no place in Putin’s Russia.
His kind of Christianity is more akin to the medieval totalitarian system of the Papacy, than to the kind of Christianity we have here in America (sad to say, the left has just about succeeded in bringing down faith here).
Comparing Putin’s kind of Russian Christianity to America’s freedom of religion, is apples and oranges, two very different things.