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IMO Putin is 100% following the lead of Jinping after seeing what he "achieved" in China and is now cracking down on freedom and democracy. Luckily the people of Russia are more westernized and less robotic than Chinese people so I doubt Russia will ever turn back into Soviet Russia again no matter how hard Putin tries Russia would certainly break out into civil war before then. What does everyone else think?
JamEs: Yes putin has definitely started ramping up his crack downs on free speech or anything not pro putin.