The difference is Merkel making Germany stronger and richer every year, while Russia becomes more and more like USSR every year. Putin and his brothers, sisters, friends, daughter and other close people all are millioners. They adopt laws like: increase retirement age, increase duties, punishment for "insulting the power" and others which seems like we're all becomes slaves. Old people can't expect government will pay them decent pension, so if they don't have children who help them, they are not living but surviving. If my English was a little bit better, I would write a fucking novel about how Putin fucked up our country after 2014
And who vote for Putin? People with weak Soviet education, who are happy with 500-700 usd salary and drinking vodka every weekend. If you even knew how strong is Russian propoganda, you would be really shocked.
If he would retire after 2014 we would remember him as a strong leader, but now people under 30 hate him more than Stalin and Hitler