Number don’t lie. This is why Western leaders hate the Russian President so much.
He performs…no he excels, at his job.
Everyone from Obama to Cameron, and even Merkel know the kind of job Vladimir Putin has done as the leader of the Russian Federation of the past 15 years, and they will use whatever means they can so as to sabotage his progress, from sanctions to regime change, to war and media ridicule.
It’s like the NBA forcing LeBron James to play without shoes, while blindfolded, and having one arm tied to his waist…all in order to afford other teams a chance at looking good while on the same court with an obviously better professional baller.