Nedan återges en nordamerikansk analys om varför Väst – d v s dess politiker – hatar Rysslands president Vladimir Putin.

Kanke räcker det med att den ryska allmänhetens förtroende för killen ligger på runt 80% och att Vladimir, inte ens på sitt presidentskaps mörkaste dag, ändå aldrig hamnade under 61%.

Motsvarande siffror för rikspolitiker i Sverige är så låga att det i vilket annat sammanhang som helst (utom den f d utbildningsministern Jan Björklunds skola) hade varit underkänt…

Ten Good Reasons to Hate Putin

Or, rather, why our “leaders” hate him

Russians love him. The Levada polling organisation (not especially friendly to Putin) has been polling about him for 15 years. His lowest rating – lowest rating – (did I say lowest?) was 61% in June 2000, these days it’s in the 80s. (Question 1, Long Trend). Most Western politicians would sell their mothers into slavery to get up to 61%.

But, asks the puzzled NYT reader, why would Russians like him? Results, that’s why; check out the illustration. You’d like it too, if you had a leadership team half as effective.

He’s popular outside too. Despite widespread belief in the servile Western media that Putin is “isolated”, a lot of countries are happy to invite him to visit. The photo that says it all is here.

Who’s the Guest of Honour?

He’s macho. When he takes his photographer along in his “private” moments, it’s to show him wrestling tigers, petting leopards, landing large fish, wearing tough guy headgear, hurling people around the judo mat. What do our leaders do in their photographed “private” moments? Golf.

Even the false rumours about him are macho. Affairs with beautiful young women, not pedophilia or secret homosexuality.

He’s got a real army. With air defences, fighter planes, modern tanks, tough special forces. So a fun little air campaign won’t be possible. Besides, Russia hasn’t lost many wars, has it? And they never give up; just ask the Mongols.

Nukes. Russia has them; they work: Bulava, Topol and Sineva. Meanwhile, in the USA not so much.

He’s Russian. And Russians are all horrible. Except for Pussy Riot.

He’s smarter than our team. Well… doesn’t he prove this every day?

You can’t bully him. Ditto.

He’s not going anywhere. He’s staying right there in Russia. And that, for the geographically challenged, is a great big country not very far from anywhere.

And one bonus reason. He knows gold is a better investment than US Treasuries.

And just one more. Russian babes say they like him. Imagine the campaign “Babes for (insert the name of your wearisome leader)”. Didn’t think you could imagine it without feeling a bit nauseous. Well, OK, there was Obamagirl. But that was fake.