This column was originally published with a different title. It has been changed to better reflect the views expressed in the column. The media has a tendency to depict politicians as villains, and I don’t mind it: it makes for a good show and some people were born for the role. What frustrates me when I watch Western coverage of Russia is how they make Putin into the wrong kind of villain. He often gets portrayed a sociopathic genius seemingly driven by lust for power and chaos.