First I'm going to assume you are talking about the source for Putin and not regarding the Gestapo. I was merely speculating that the Russian people are scared of Putin due to the fact most of his political opponent have been Eliminated. I can't give an exact source to say that the Russian people fear there president. However an legitimate source with the results of a survey on the matter would be very interesting.
Boris Nemtsov a political opponent of Putin shot dead, he had stated he would be killed for his opposition to Putins support durning the Ukraine crisis.
Alexander Litvinenko an Ex-KGB officer poisoned in London, whilst seeking asylum from prosecution in Russia. He two wrote books regarding Terror acts in Russia that he believed give rise to Putin coming to power.
Anna Politkovskaya A Human rights activist and Journalist who was a critic of Putin. She was assassinated in what appeared to be a contract killing.
Sergei Yushenkov a political member who resigned to investigate the Forementioned bombings.
Should I go on? There is quite a list.
So pretty much your surprised people get killed when they oppose a president who is extremely popular with his people?
And act as it was some conspiracy when you have NO actual PROOF.
Putin is just enjoying the perks of his popularity, I doubt he has to order/take part in killing any opposition.
People can cook up conspiracies about Obama just as easily, Or any famous president for that matter.
Also college professors that deal with social issues are horrible sources, they mainly spread their propaganda like wildfire, Tbh thats probably half the reason they entered that field.
We need to look at how he has no-doubt bettered the country since entering office, and also look at his popularity with his people.
If you can't contest that then I'd say he's doing a fine job, Im not taking part in silly conspiracies.
Right now Russia is doing just as good if not BETTER than the incompetent people in the us, in turn the media/bandwagoners like to try to blast him as people always want a scape goat for their own problems.
Honestly for example nobody can prove 911 was not an inside job either... In fact there is a VAST growing amount of people who believe it was.
(big enough for a viable poll %)
If anything the Russians could make the us look 10x worse than we can make Russia look.
I'm not saying it was inside job, but through that fact alone we have no right to condemn other countries without solid proof, anything less than that is silly propaganda that somehow people buy into