Re: To be fair...
"I'm fairly sure 'Czar-a-like' is Putins preference, not a 'Soviet' when it comes to running things."
It is surprising how the way a country is ruled has stayed much the same regardless of its nomenclature. Putin effectively is a Czar - as was Stalin.
It is said of the French that they are anarchists who like authoritarian leaders and uniformed state agencies.