Putin is thinking like a ”poor” guy, a poor guy in material sense of the word. He want to build an empire from his RUSSIA but he didnt know that the true and the most durable world dominations is made by culture. The most developed state in this sense have the power to influence the culture of others nations.
You can see the level of development of any nations by look at what is the living level of poor people. The german poor people doesnt have the same living level like african people, so this is the difference.
So, Putin is leading a country or a gang of „red mobsters”?
I can bet that is Putin era no big cultural events took place in Russia, who knows maybe Putin have a taste for black oil or maybe he drink it at his breakfast in place of his milk.