The people of New York seem to think so, and showed their affection for the Russian strongman yesterday by unfurling a giant banner of Vladimir Putin from the Manhattan Bridge.
Some onlookers were confused and didn’t understand the purpose of the banner.
New York Loves Putin
“Everybody thought it was interesting,” said one witness, “But nobody really got it. Nobody understood the political message or whatever message was behind it.” 
Pop Icon Superstar Jarvis Cocker Scorns Putin
I’d have thought the message was obvious. Vladimir Putin is awesome. You might disagree with that and if you do, ponder this. World renowned popstar, Jarvis Cocker, doesn’t like Putin either.
Food for thought, eh?