How come he ALLOWS the Oligarchs to survive??? A TRUE socialist would demand STATE OWNERSHIP of all resources....
You are misguided.
Mr. Putin ain't socialist. Neither is Russia a socialist country.
Though Communist Party is again in rise in Russia - unfortunately.
During Putin's regime, Russia quickly became the country with second most billionaires in the world. Second only to USA.
Now China may have passed them for n:o 2 spot on this but compare the population... 140m in RF vs. over billion in China.
He 'ousted' few oligarchs who practically ran the country in the 90's. There comes his reputation for this.
He though wanted the government to keep majority in those huge oil and gas companies.
Privatization in general have been going on ever since Putin rose to power.