Do you want to keep the Ukraine from joining the EU? A lot of guys would have made speeches extolling the virtues of an economic partnership with Mother Russia, and if that failed, worked on a compromise that benefited all parties. You are not like a lot of guys, so you had your puppet ramp up the violence toward protestors until even the mildly disapproving joined them. That has not gone well, and as of this moment President Viktor Yanukovych is out, statues of Lenin (they still have statues of Lenin?) are being pulled down, and Yulia Tymoshenko is out of jail.
Do you want people to not pay attention to Pussy Riot? A lot of guys would ignore them and hope they went away, as annoying trolls usually do, and not done everything they could to give them free publicity. You are not like a lot of guys, so you gave them a huge show trial, packed some of them off to a cliched Siberian gulag for a year or two, then when they make a video (with cameras and reporters and everything) about how repressive your regime is, you send in fucking Cossacks with horsewhips to break it up. Not regular hired goons, but Cossacks, for centuries the czar’s storm troopers or Jesuits, whose very name has become a symbol of government repression.
Finally, do you want the rest of the world to not think you are the biggest closet case around? A lot of guys would keep it on the down-low, ignoring or avoiding the subject and not call attention to themselves. But as we’ve seen, you are not like a lot of guys. You have not learned from American politicians that there is a correlation between the amount of anti-gay noise they make and the likelihood that they will be outed. And for God’s sake, put your your shirt on. As much as you want it to, “looking good for 61” does not equal “Abercrombie & Fitch twink.”
In 2014 everybody who wants to carry a camera with instant connection with everywhere and everyone does. Gil Scott Heron was wrong when he said, “The revolution will not be televised,” because the technology was not there at the time. We do today, so, “The revolution will be no re-run brothers; the revolution will be live.” Just keep feeding those trolls.