I don't see a difference either. Also, the extent to which dictators like Hitler, Stalin and Mao killed people weren't known worldwide until they were out of power. I can't help but wonder the extent of how heinous Putin is as a mass murderer until he is gone from power.
Hitler, Stalin and Mao killed millions of people. Your looking at 10-12 million, 20-25 million, and 30-45 million.
7 July – Alexander Khodzinsky was stabbed to death by local businessman and former deputy mayor Gennady Zhigarev in Tulun, Irkutsk Oblast. Khodzinsky campaigned against abusive and illegal practices in the construction of a shopping mall in the town center since 2007 and would regular complain to president Dmitry Medvedev and governor Dmitry Mezentsev about the issue.
5 December – Kazbek Gekkiev was shot dead at a street in Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria, after receiving death threats from local extremists. Gekkiev worked for various local TV programs in the republic.
9 July – Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev was killed while driving just 50 metres from his house on the outskirts of Makhachkala, Dagestan, after receiving numerous death threats. Akhmednabiyev was the deputy editor of the newspaper Novoe Delo and regularly wrote about the politics of the republic and human rights issues in the North Caucasus. He was previously the victim of an assassination attempt back in January 2013.
1 August – Timur Kuashev was abducted from his home and later found dead in Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria. Kuashev worked for the magazine Dosh and received death threats and was previously stopped by local police a number of times.
March 31 – Dmitry Tsilikin was stabbed to death in his flat in Saint Petersburg. Tsilikin wrote for many independent media outlets and mainly focused on social issues and human rights. The suspected killer is neo-nazi Sergey Kosyrev. The murder is attributed to Tsilikin's homosexual orientation.
March 17 – Yevgeny Khamaganov died of unexplained causes in Ulan-Ude, Buryatia. Khamaganov was known for writing articles that criticized the federal government and was allegedly beaten by unknown assailants on March 10.
April 19 – Journalist and former prisoner of conscience Nikolay Andrushchenko died in Saint Petersburg from wounds that he received from a severe beating by unknown assailants on March 9. Andrushchenko was the co-founder of the newspaper Novy Petersburg and was previously jailed in 2009 by a city court for "libel and extremism".
May 24 – Dmitry Popkov was found dead from gunshot wounds at a bathhouse close to his home in Minusinsk, Krasnoyarsk Krai. Popkov was the chief editor of the newspaper Ton-M and was known for investigating police corruption.
September 8 - The body of Andrey Ruskov was found in the Bira River in Birobidzhan, Jewish Autonomous Oblast. Ruskov worked for the Bestvideo Broadcasting Studio.
April 15 – Maksim Borodin died of injuries from falling out of a window at his apartment in Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk Oblast, on April 12. Authorities classified the death as suicide while colleagues reject the notion. Borodin regularly wrote on crime, corruption, and the recent involvement of Russian mercenaries in Syria.
Journalists killed reporting on Chechnya
He has killed some and truth be told it is a way life to kill journalists in Russia if you read the wikipedia. But to compare it Hitler, Mao and Statlin is on a much smaller scale. They killed millions. Either, you are blatantly unaware of history or you lack perspective. All too often we are quick to compare folks to Hitler but often they are not even remotely on the same scale. Take the State of Ohio, Hitler killed enough to kill all the people of the state. Mao killed enough to kill everyone in California, Stalin the population of Texas.
I think we resort to the comparisons too easily these days. People do not undersand history.
Godwin's law (or Godwin's rule of Hitler analogies) is an internet adage asserting that "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches 1"; that is, if an online discussion (regardless of topic or scope) goes on long enough, sooner or later someone will compare someone or something to Adolf Hitler or his deeds. Promulgated by the American attorney and author Mike Godwin in 1990, Godwin's law originally referred specifically to Usenet newsgroup discussions. It is now applied to any threaded online discussion, such as Internet forums, chat rooms, and comment threads, as well as to speeches, articles, and other rhetoric where reductio ad Hitlerum occurs.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin%27s_law
Now all these guys and Putin all bad fellows and politics by murder is never good. A lot on the right think there are a plethora of dead bodies surrounding the Clinton's too. It can't be proved and is a stretch but it is out there folks.
That being said, I think Putin is a clear and present danger. He will kill to reach his goals. We all know he was behind the hacks because nothing in Russia happens without his permission. But it was pointless to indict these guys because they will never be turned over. It was the FBI again trying to influence policy and politics with their actions. I agree with them here.