The Russian economy has been tanking for awhile now, even before the recent invasion from the Czar. There is also a huge amount of corruption in Russia. The Olympics, for example, cost more than all the other Olympic events combined since 1924, with much of that money actually being siphoned off by Putin's buddies. Russia is a gangster state, and, therefore, has a gangster economy.
All of that without apology. Russians respect someone who is strong.
Who would Putin apologize too? People he does not like he simply gets rid of, one way or the other, if not by sending them to insane asylums, then by beatings, and if not that, then by murder, which frequently happens.
y winning Crimea back for Mother Russia without firing a shot - Putin has already ensured his place in Russian history.
Oh man, just replace "Mother Russia" with "Germany the Fatherland," and Putin with "Hitler," and you would have a good case for why Germany was better off under the fellow.
Given Russian history, the Alexanders and Gorbachevs are the exception, not the rule.
Russia has always had autocrats and tyrants and even the few decent reformers did not really change how the masses were ruled.
The nobility, the Communists and the oligarchs today have always run the country. At each stage, the narod figured little in their plans.
That poster’s hero worship is sick.