In any event, even if Putin's personality has undergone an evolution, there remains a continuity to his violence and his lies that perfectly aligns with the Soviet mold.
As for relationships with the West, there have been significant developments over the last quarter century that need to be considered. For the Russian elites that emerged during the 1990s and early 2000s, there was simply no alternative other than joining the West and its systems—albeit on terms that, to some degree, preserved Russian specificities. However, as the 2000s progressed, and Putin's Russia strived to "remake" itself, this was bound to change, especially with the assistance of evolutions in the oil market and effective management of the country's economy. This continued throughout the 2010s, with Russia re-establishing its international position and China embarking upon its spectacular rise in power.