He was pulling Russia out of the destruction the 'elites' left when they felt they had plundered everything of value in the country so they left (end communism) but Putin was successful and he had all the old weapon systems and was updating them, restoring Russia to functionality again.
I think he came into power without the 'elites' approval, since they considered Russia to be a used up 3rd world country after they finished plundering it. But he got further in repairing it than they expected.
I'm sure they tried to get him to 'join' them (since they considered themselves the proper owners of this world) and he refused. Since he'd learned what they'd done to his folks after the Bolshevik revolution, he knew they were completely untrustworthy and cold blooded murderers.
So they painted him a evil dictator and went after him. I think he managed to keep himself safe until they got to one of his advisers, who, like Judas, set him up, and they got rid of him. And took Russia back over, with the body double to disguise it from his people. They've since been using Russia as a pawn in their never ending game of war.
And you'll ask, where did I get this information? I have a solid and knowledgeable spiritual source that has all this kind of information. Of course, the 'elites' have trained humanity to believe such things don't exist, so I expect you might not believe me. Be that as it may. This is what I've learned about this situation, your choice entirely to accept or deny.