What we learned this week about Donald Trump is that he is easily impressed.  His position is that if another country’s leader is nice to him, then he will be nice to them.  If that person pays him a  compliment, then he will pay them compliments.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

And so it goes with Mr. Putin.  Really, Mr. Trump?  Are you so short-sighted?  Have you really looked into President Vladimir Putin’s actions in Russia?  I will tell you.

For the last several years, President Putin has set back in time the personal freedoms of the Russian people.

VLADIMIR PUTIN

VLADIMIR PUTIN

Due to his policies, the inflation rate in Russia is out of control and making the lives of the people extremely difficult to maintain a decent living and lifestyle.  Unemployment is on the rise as businesses can no longer afford to pay the salaries of all their staff.  Moscow is one of the most expensive cities in the world to live.  His policies and changes in laws have stripped the people of personal rights.  It appears that he is trying to consolidate his power and become the next Czar of Russia, and not the president of a democratic state.

There has been a growing dissidence among the people of Russia, especially among the better educated and progressives.  Their dissidence is being met with a very strong, iron hand.  It has been recently reported by citizens that approximately 3000 Russian citizens have been “going missing”  per month.

My friend is one of those.  We met and became friends on-line prior to my planned vacation to Moscow in 2011.

MOSCOW

MOSCOW

I was looking for a Moscow native to agree to be my personal guide during my visit.  I hoped to experience a more personal side of Moscow than most Americans would ever be offered.  He was fluent in English and at that time, worked for an American architectural firm in Moscow.  He did not disappoint.  I met him in a suburb and we walked around the neighborhoods, an open air market, went into a Russian Orthodox Church

RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

and a shopping center.  I witnessed the lives of a sampling of Muscovites that I doubt many other Americans have experienced.

He is a talented architect and an aspiring play/screenwriter, winning a first place award several years ago in a competition in London.  He had become increasingly vocal about his contempt for President Putin and his policies enacted over the last several years.  He signed a petition on the unsecured internet site of the White House in May of this year which was asking President Obama to address the atrocities that were occurring and being committed in Russia by President Putin and his notorious band of hit men.  We just learned last week that these servers and previously learned that the servers for the Democratic National Committee had been hacked by the Russian government.

My friend “went missing” less than a month after signing that petition and hasn’t been heard from or seen since. 

So apparently, Mr. Trump supports thugs who kidnap people and does God only knows what to them.  He also supports a wannabe dictator who is attempting to consolidate his power and expand it by illegally annexing other countries.  He supports a man who is assisting a dictator to commit genocide of his own people in Syria. 

With this example, what can we anticipate if Mr. Trump were to become the POTUS?  If this does not cause you concern—it should.

[Richard Moberly is a contributor to columnistwithaview.com.  He lives in Jacksonville, Florida.]