Re: Russia is not a President Putin's nation ... not any more than the U.S. is Trump's
So let us now go and research all about opposition political parties and campaign groups in Russia, and compare and contrast their role, strength, and freedom to criticise the government with their counterparts in the US.
You are conflating two separate issues here. We are in full agreement that under its current regime, Russia is much less free and open than many other countries (obviously including the US, the UK, and every singe EU country). It is also much less free and open (and also less chaotic, and probably safer for most of its citizens - but that's a discussion for another day) than it used to be just twenty years ago.
That all is very sad (probably more so to me than to you - I happen to be a Russian citizen and have relatives living there, even if I have not lived there myself for a long time; you would appear not to have a close connection to Russia - and please accept my apologies if you do). It is also to a large extent the fault of Mr. Putin and his immediate entourage. Again, we appear to be in a full agreement on this subject.
However, all this still does not make Russia a President Putin's nation. Let's go with the Oxford dictionary definition:
1 A large body of people united by common descent, history, culture, or language, inhabiting a particular state or territory.
‘the world's leading industrialized nations’
You will note that the definition does not say anything about this body of people sharing the political beliefs and aspirations (that would be a political party, not a nation). When you refer to Russia as the "President Putin's nation" you tar all Russians with the same brush - those supporting the current regime, and those opposing it, and the silent majority - which, like in every other country does not give a damn as long as their bread and circuses keep coming.
This is unfair. Like every unfair action, it makes the target resent and oppose you - even if that person agrees with your opinion on the matter, and would have supported you if you would have taken a different approach. This is exactly why sanctions so rarely if ever achieve the desired effect: by bundling me up together with my political opponents, you are telling me that you are not my friend, since you are willing to hurt me just the same - only because I happen to belong to the same nation as the people you are having a political disagreement with.