When I saw a close up of Putin on TV during the Sochi games as he sat high above the arena surveying his kingdom, I got a real queasy feeling. This was the look of a cunningly dangerous and profoundly calculating character disorder. And now that he has awarded a medal of honor to the chief suspect in the murder of former Russian security agent Alexander Litvinenko for "services to the fatherland", we all need to realize that he just "spit squarely into our left eye" in a very orderly and precise public manner. Following on the heels of the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, who was about to publicly reveal the existence of thousands of Russian conscripts in the Ukraine, Putin proves himself to be in the vanguard of rogues who rule by fear and intimidation.
Note: The notion that Chechens murdered Nemtsov is absurd. Read about the conflict between Chechnya and Russia. This is a classic KGB "twofer" that also simultaneously shields Putin's henchmen. Though this may seem like a brilliant strategy to those on the inside, it merely further discredits Putin and makes his oligarch allies even more fearful of him.