Democrats love to hate on Vladimir Putin. The way they talk about him you would think that they hate him more than President Trump.
But the truth of the matter is that Putin is much more friendly to freedom than even the Democrats would allow if they had their way.
Putin was recently asked whether or not he supports a massive lockdown like we've done here in the U.S. and he said no because local governments are doing their jobs to mitigate risk and the need for such oppressive actions.
Putin said that he also does not support mandatory vaccinations, another thing that the Democratic party is forcing on as many people as they can.
Although free jabs have been available since early December, only around 15 percent of Russia's population had received at least one dose as of Wednesday according to the Gogov website, which tallies COVID figures from the regions.
The slow uptake prompted Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin earlier this month to order mandatory jabs for service sector employees, with more than a dozen regions in Russia since following suit.
The widening policy has prompted concerns that all Russians eventually would be required to be vaccinated, which Putin shot down Wednesday while fielding questions in his annual phone-in session.
"I do not support mandatory vaccinations," the Russian president said.
Still, Putin -- as he has done repeatedly in recent months -- called on Russians to get vaccinated.
"It is necessary to listen, not to people who understand little about this and spread rumours, but to specialists," he told Russians, the majority of whom polls show oppose receiving coronavirus jabs.
"If a person is sick without a vaccine, then the long-term consequences can be very serious," the 68-year-old Russian leader said.
What does it say about the Democrats when they are more harsh and more authoritarian than Russia? This is the country they claim to hate most, yet you may be better off there.