About 110 years ago, my grandparents came to the USA as refugees from pogroms in the Ukraine. While agreeing with some points that Orlov makes, I cannot forget that active, virulent anti-semitism still exists in the Ukraine and Russia.
As bigotry and injustice propel much of the Right in the USA, so too is social injustice rampant in Russia. I do not have trust in Putin’s actions until he decries and rejects social injustice. No military/political actions have value until they are commensurate with manifest support of human dignity.