goverment has nothing to do with it's population here where the majority of it is poor and disagrees with the Putin and the rest of "mafia"
Of course some Russians don't like Putin. But to say that most do not is misleading. Yes, he has a shady past and is hardly a darling of the Western media. But most of the time he's been in government, he's been the most popular leader of any major country. And with good reason.
During the Yeltsin era, money from Russia's natural resources, namely oil, was being siphoned off by Western companies. Putin put a stop to that, and turned Russia from a bankrupt giant into one of the best-performing economies in the world. The average Russian wage has risen over 10-fold under Putin.
Russia's fertility rate, which, as in most of the post-communist countries, was catastrophically low at 1.2 has so far increased to 1.6 thanks to Putin's aggressive demographic policies, and Russia has recorded natural population growth for the first time in 20 years. Russia went from being on course to becoming a poor, desolate wasteland that would have been broken up and picked apart by vultures in 50 years' time into a country with a future.
Putin has consistently promoted the interests of Russian citizens outside its borders, including pressing for the use of the Russian language in other nations, for whom doing such a thing would be tantamount to linguistic and cultural suicide. And he has succeeded. Belarus is now irreversibly Russophone, and Ukraine has partly reversed its Ukrainisation policy, with Russian becoming a regional official language.
Whatever one can accuse Putin of, he is certainly a Russian patriot, and he has reversed many of the catastrophic Western economic reforms (such as privatisation of natural resources and strategic industries) that proved so damaging to Russia and the rest of the Soviet bloc in the 1990s, and halted what looked like Russia's terminal decline. For all the accusations of being undemocratic, Russians continue to have the opportunity to vote him out at every election.
This is no consolation to Poland, which is still on course to becoming a hollowed-out carcass picked apart by its "friends" in the West and what increasingly looks to be a resurgent Russia. But there is good news in this story too - if Russia could change course to avoid sinking like the Titanic, so can other countries.
Which brings me back to the point of the thread - Poland is not going to turn around by being ashamed of being Poland. It needs to look within and use its incredible cultural heritage to build up its future.