Personally, I view Putin's tactics much like I do the Freemason's. For 250 years the Mason's tried to destroy the Catholic church and failed. Then, through their Satanic roots, they realized they could not do so from the outside. So, they changed their tactics in the mid 1900's, as they realized they were doing it all wrong. So they started planting Freemason's within the seminaries and it took a few decades, but they finally arrived at the time when their implants did what they set out to do and that was to participate in their pedophilia acts and now we see them usurping the teachings of the faith through their social justice activities. Now they are at the point where they are changing doctrine. So it is with Putin. He knew he had to change his exterior colors to being in with a more moderate appearance. His tactic, to buddy up with the Orthodox clergy and give token offerings to the appearance of faithfulness, which has worked wonderfully to his end. It has lulled many asleep to his true intentions and it allowed him to build the greatest military and WMD's for the past 35 years unchecked. He is at his 'check mate' moment now and he knows it. The blind will not see it till it is to late, but our Lady of Fatima spoke to it all. It is unfolding today for anyone with eyes to see. Pope after Pope failed to consecrate Russia as specifically stated 100 years ago and this generation will undergo the great purification because of it. The past attempts of the consecration were accepted by God and delayed the purification, but things have only gotten worse. The hour glass is nearly empty and his justice must be served to the world.