Putin, like Hitler, brags about what he intends to do, legal or not. Then he does it. His long-term objective is a greater Russia, larger than the Soviet Union was, with him as the sole ruler of the largest empire on earth. Russia is already the largest in area, eleven time zones wide. He complains, without evidence, that the only threat to his hegemony is NATO’s intention to invade and dismember Russia. No, democracies do not invade another democracy.