Putin has been taking advantage of Obama's incompetent foreign policy
Putin won 2016, but Russia has its limits as a superpowerFrom the deal with Iran that allowed them to put more resources into their war in Syria to Obama's phantom red lines in Syria, The President has been a serial screw up. His faculty-lounge view of foreign policy has shown that liberals don't know much about history or policy. He took a relatively stable Middle East and turned it into a cauldron of despair that spilled over into Europe where liberals invited terrorists into their midst. All Putin had to do was sweep in and pick up tje pieces with this rust bucket navy and cold war era planes.
His victories this year notwithstanding, the power that the Russian president can project is constrained by a weak economy and a global reach that still pales compared to that of the U.S.