I know you're not a liberal, you support Putin & the Russian government.
I'm not a supporter of Putin and the Russian government, some things they do okay, some maybe not so much, but rational nuances are lost on, well, the ''unthinking majority''.
Your or my support for liberalism or democracy is irrelevant. One only needs to look at the scoreboard to see who is winning. Liberal democracies make up 100% of the countries with the best socioeconomic outcomes. Meanwhile, Russia and virtually every other post-Soviet country continue to lag behind in just about every statistic imaginable. SCOREBOARD MOTHAFUCKAZ!
Looting other countries almost to the point of destruction is not something to be proud of. Liberal Democracies are ruled by Money, and are headed for a very genuine self-destruction from within. But you go ahead and emote instead of seriously thinking about the issues.
But man is a fickle and disreputable creature and perhaps, like a chess-player, is interested in the process of attaining his goal rather than the goal itself.