Honestly, the defense of Russia is one of the weirdest things about left-wing spaces. Modern Russia is far from a communist paradise, if anything, they're an imperialistic oligarchy and worse than the United States in some areas. I don't understand why some leftists go out of their way to protect Putin.
I think it’s a confluence of things. For one, way too many Americans don’t realize Russia isn’t communist and is in no way going to become communist anytime soon. But I still see shit like this. Secondly, some on the left has decided Putin is a bulwark against imperialism, which I don’t understand at all. Now I think the biggest motivating factor is that he’s the enemy of Hillary Clinton, the DC foreign policy establishment, your Maddow-watching mom and her lame friends. He must be awesome to have enemies like that.