The key is "ex". Time changes things and people. The (globalist) MSM has been beating up on Putin pretty badly. Think about it.
Uh-huh. All those apparatchiks came around and saw the light and the errors of their ways - NOT.
Russia is very much back on its way to being a one-party state, and Putin is cultivating a very Stalinesque cult of personality. And he's using the terrorist attacks against his country as an excuse for further consolidatiing his power.
Just because the media criticizes someone doesn't make them a saint.
Putin is guilty of plenty of things. He is harassing and shutting down independent media, for one. Another reason to despise him: after the Beslan terror attack, instead of working to improve Russian security, he worked to seize more power for the executive (himself). He's not a good guy, although it's not a bad thing for our countries to cooperate.