I know no more than anyone else about Putin, but I can deduce some things that might make sense. First, He would not have reached as high up as he has, just like in America, if he had not been one of them and on their side. He would never have been head of their intelligence KGB if he was not one of them, and he would never have made it to President. Does that mean he could not turn on them and betray them? No, it just means that even if he had, he still has not suffered like others who have betrayed the group.