They rolled in tanks. They made refugees of that alleged 20%, and prisoners. They killed people, and wrecked things. They did all this with the oldest and least credible excuse in the book - "invitation", "helping". The exact same reason the US invaded Vietnam, Russia invade Afghanistan, any State invades another. Your libertarianism needs rehab. The "help" is an armed robbery of their neighbors, and seizure of the property at issue for the benefit of the "helpers". And it remains accurate. Putin has formed a new cadre of oligarchs, with himself as jefe, as with any mob boss who wins a power struggle. Well, you are wrong about that. Aside from the humor of seeing a self described "libertarian" with a mancrush sing the praises of a KGB thug who has won the latest mob battle and taken power for his syndicate, we have the circumstance that Russia is now governed by an oligarchy. http://www.britannica.com/topic/oligarchy . You do that a lot - personal slandering when you don't know the person. Tip: your odds of being correct are low. Zero, in this case, but low in any case.