Not everyone likes Putin, and this goes in Russia, hence why his popularity rating is only 80+ %. The issue is that some are more extreme than others regarding why they hate him. Some see him as a reflection of Yeltsin simply because of him being one of Yeltsin's men. Some expect that he was a savior of some sort. Some are absolutely blind and think ill of him because they were told to in order to stay in Canada or US without facing hatred and a move to "fit in". I met various ones here who are pro Putin to the point that it was scary and there are others that don't care and there are those who are die hard hatred of him - TR1 is an example of that. That doesn't mean they hate their homeland. Some wish Russia was a vassal of US, some wish that it was stronger and that Putin failed at that, etc etc etc.
What is important isn't the people outside of Russia, but the people inside of Russia, for Russia. It is about how Russian's feel and how they perceive their own country. It may be true about Russia's education system and how advanced they are in method of education in the university level, but that doesn't stop them from being retarded. There are plenty of retarded Russians. There are plenty of Retarded anyone. It is all about those who want to stay. There are Russians, that no matter how much money the state gives them and how much freedom they give them, that they will hate their own country. They will hate their own people, etc etc etc. Who cares about them. Those people are not popular. A Russian member on MP.net told me this, that once a loser, always a loser - no matter what country you run off to. He also told me to get a life, and he is correct as back then, I just defended Russia on anything, even bad stuff that I do not actually agree with. I realize now what he is saying, and I realize that you just cannot win everyone over. The Russians who hate Putin will vote for someone else. The ones who have no faith in their country anymore have left, and they no longer matter to the nation and the future of it. So long as all of us do not live in Russia, none of us make any difference. None of us and what we talk about really matters. But all we are doing is just doing what we should do, inform the none Russians that they are not our enemies, and that instead, they are our friends. To keep them more informed. IF other Russians want to simply just live a lie, that is their own. You just need to counter every argument, counter it with proof and logic. Just because one was Russian 15 years ago, doesn't mean he is well aware of what is happening now. As well, he is somewhat right, Putin and the rest relied upon oil and gas for quite some time and it is only NOW where they are putting more emphasis on local development. And that isn't really in domestic investments, but actually in the fact sanctions have lead businesses no choice and find alternative and use their own resources and debt in order to grow. So I wouldn't praise Putin on that one either. I praise him on his foreign abilities and his nationalistic stance of the country - Country and countrymen come first. His policy on far east of Russia and further development for investments is what I praise. What I do not praise is that it took him years to realize the west isn't friends. It took a long time to try and develop a more domestic sense of development using own funds and own goals.