By all accounts, I do not think the Amercian media or Americans understand what is going on there. President Putin is fighting terrorists, corruption and the Russian mob. By going after the corrupt governors and people connected with the Mob, he is somehow considered a Tsarist wannabe. it is pretty easy sitting in the cheap seats second guessing president Putin, but does any of his detractors give him any ideas? No because they have no idea of how to handle the situations. Gve him a break and let him do what he has to do for the better of Russia and that part of the world which has little stability.