I have yet to hear anyone come up with an acceptable alternative to Putin. Who do they have in mind? Some other oligarch who will double down on the old Communist persecution of religion, elevating abortion to sacramental level and sodomy as the ideal expression of "love"; and whose followers, lauded as brave patriots in the Western media, engage in these kind of antics: Incidentally, those young women "retired" from their antics after people started challenging them to pull one of their stunts in a mosque. What that MSNBC guy failed to mention was that they had a history of vandalising public property so they had form when they were finally given a prison sentence. It's a measure of how low the so-called "free press" in the West has fallen when a TV host on a news programme "could spend hours talking" to such low life. She (and he) are examples of the modern face of communism.