he was "boss" of the western desk when the wall fell . he was the decider for everything major in intelligence in the west , the the EU,Uk, the USA, Oz and NZ
he a expert at espionage , psy op's , personally a former "expert" grade in self defence and soviet troops hand to hand training is excellent ..
and those that matter fear him.. lot's , all with good reason
he had a issue with the Russian mafia's , whole cities where basically mafia run , Rostov on don still a little .. he allowed the sanctioning of mafia bosses and infrastructure by out side hired consultants , a few PMC's sent folks , that way no come back on Russian citizens , he put bounties on their heads and sent out invites ..
he's assassinated both male and female journalists that get too close , and he's assassinated oligarchs and made moves of the former Ukrainian president via a bio weapon , he's poisoned folks in london and covered his agents 100% of the way
he's a top form player , old school, but without the oldschool arraingements the soviets and the west had , the gloves off with him with his own folks , no matter where they be , but only his own .. so far ... except for the ukraine prez, that was amazing and worse , he screwed it up ( someone woulda paid for it too)
and he was smart enough to put a totally loyal to him , bloke in the chair and get the rules changed so when he came back he could stay as long as he's elected .. president for life maybe ..
the chinese fear him too , they know putin wont screw around if they cross the Amur ..
Bejing will be glowing 7 minutes later and everwhere else for that matter that way
he published his counter strike plan
it went like this ..
100 nukes at major infrastructure military and political targets as a first responce
then 5 per week (a admitted and stated estimate ) for a year to ensure there is no capability of national resurrection but to limit fall out damage to Russia
the guy's got big ones
and a brain ..
and he's dedicated to the cause
he aint a commo though.. , from what i can see he's a socialist nationalist ( if i can coin it that way to differ from the NA nazi types ) taking the soviet concept but making it more flexible , trade , business etc , but big military and influence again .. , but still a socialist.. and a big eugenics fan ...
oh the big neo nazi / fascist movement in Russia ( seperate from the nationalist and Christian/Nationalists movements)
he's got a good hand in that .. knows how to create a crisis does our vlad ..