Obama policies’ play into to the Russia strategy. (I have to say that today’s critic of Russia by Ambassador Power was very reasonable).
I am trying to avoid paint Putin as statist. As Lenin’s biographer, Ossendovsky, said that Lenin spat on Russian state, I would put this regime into the category of such “leaders”. One of the evidence for this is incredible level of corruption in Kremlin which, opposition revealed a little bit (”Putin’s palace, Sochi village etc). So he is pretending that he cares for a state.
Communism is a foundation for Putinism, which is a concealed leninism. The Putinism is an idea of a incredibly rich gang of former KGB operatives, Soviet nomenklatura and their families to defeat morally (at least that it would appear like that), economically and militarily the United States. Putinism main enemy, as the USSR, is the United States.