>>>And then you proceed to do so.
I do not deny that Putin has engaged in some repression. But Russia is much better than in the communist era. Russia is certainly better to live in, than in a Middle-Eastern country. Do you doubt that Putin is looking out for the long term interests of his country? Many of his ideas are the opposite of Reagan’s. But both men are patriots in the eyes of their people.
Precisely the sweeping generalization that makes trouble for your "analogy." You don't have to look very hard to find someone who thinks Obama is a "patriot." Does that make similar to Ronald Reagan as well?