So... This performance works better as an allegory of Russian Opposition, a summary of their long history of self-defeat, collective humiliation and militant navel-gazing. I image how other world leaders envy Putin! Obama has to send the IRS after the Tea Party. Erdogan must keep the riot police working overtime. Kim Jong-un must execute even jaywalkers to stay in power. Assad can only hope for more years of war. Hollande... well, nothing can save Hollande now. And Putin... his opponents nail themselves by the balls! How does he do it?