So was St. Paul at one point in his life...
Good analogy. Paul hunted, peresecuted and slaughtered Christians for 10 years - ordered the stoning of Steven -
Putin was born and raised in Communist Russia - his father was a Communist his mother, who had him baptised in secret, was not.
Putin would have been a street sweeper or some such, had he not been a party member... H
He's carried a cross with him all his life - Who's to say, now that Communism has fallen - and he had gotten himself in a position power - that he's now doing what he's doing, not in pretense, but in finally being able to help Russia into freedom?
I don't know the answer.
But there's more evidence that he's a leader that loves his country than we have in our leader.