Tsar/Czar Vladimir. Da!
Many people don't realize that the official ideology of the Soviet Union was not Marxism, but Leninism. The Bolshevik leader Lenin contradicted key parts of Marxist theory. Lenin focused on creating an all powerful state which would act as the "vanguard" of revolutionary socialism. This "dictatorship of the proletariat" would establish socialism which meant a centralized economy. Actual communism was only a promise which would come after a period of socialism. Lenin's "New Economic Program" even allowed limited capitalism with the purpose of improving the economy. The Putin regime is simply following in Lenin's footsteps, allowing limited capitalism, but only for the purposes of improving Russia's economy while maintaining a dictatorship which promotes Communism around the world.
I'm not getting anything from this thread about Communism or a Russian return to it.
To make a point, Communism, or whatever is not what is important here. The US would be Communist if that is what it took for a politician to get elected. That is not the case in Russia any longer but what is the case is that the people desire a Authoritarian that makes them feel proud to be Russian.
It's that simple really.
Nothing new for Russia and it's along the same trajectory as the reemergence of the Third Reich. I don't see a lot of difference at all. I see that it's what he perceives as the desire of the people he leads.
Where it takes him and Russia from this point onward, is not a hazy forecast, it's obvious!
He wants and his people want the old Soviet Union footprint back in play, just like it was. But not Communist. The Ideology has shifted after the failures. They don't know exactly what they want, but they want Putin to lead it. The Ideology is only important if it becomes a desire of his people and right now it is not on the table. They are happy with Putin's Authoritarian Regime, and will be happy until they want something else.
In this way, what is happening in Russia is no different then what happened in Germany in the 30s..It's a nationalism based reformation with a expansionist agenda.
This time they have Oil and no Ideology garbage to get in their way. Putin does not need Communism to achieve public support. He has it without it.