Here’s a good thread that explains why it’s not true that there’s no support for the war in Russia. Not only is there support, it massive, overwhelming, and gleeful. Those who oppose are a tiny minority.
The idea that there’s a brutal dictator in Russia who tyrannizes 140 million unwilling victims is based on a denial of reality. It’s cute and comforting. Get rid of the big bad wolf, and a happy Little Red Riding Hood can skip away into the sunset with her adoring grandma.
But there’s no wolf to slaughter and no unwilling victims to liberate. Putin won all of his elections. Yes, he added a few percentage points out of vanity. He likes having overwhelming majorities at the polls. But his actual results were always by far higher than of any US president since Reagan. The maximum you can falsify is 10-15%. Nobody can falsify 60% or 70%.
The guy at the link is absolutely right. The problem isn’t Putin.