Russian President Vladimir Putin Declares War to Ukraine, is He the New Hitler?

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By Alyssa Ashley Lucas | March 4, 2014 10:19 AM EST

Russian President Vladimir Putin declared war to Ukraine, saying he had the right to invade his neighboring country. Putin secured permission from his parliament on Saturday, Mar. 1, to utilize military forces.

A flashback of Adolf Hitler on his saddle, galloping to conquer the world surfaced to present times. Is Putin the new Hitler? Here's a summary of what, or what might not, be the similarities and differences of the two leaders.

Vladimir Putin

#1 Scarcely grows hair and mustache

In terms of physical appearance, Putin has less hair on his head than Hitler. Pictures show that Putin prefers not to grow mustache.

#2 President of Russia

According to Vladimir Putin's bio on biography.com, Putin first became president in 1999 after then-president Boris Yeltsin resigned and assigned Putin. In 2004, Putin was re-elected.

#3 Ranks no. 1 on Forbes 2014 "Powerful People"

According to Forbes, Putin has solidified his control over Russia and anyone watching the chess match in Syria has a clear idea of the shift in the power towards Putin on the global stage. This reason puts Putin on top of the list of Forbes "Powerful People" in the world.

#4 Would-be reviver or Russian greatness

The Nation called Vladimir Putin as "Russia's autocratic president and would-be reviver of Russian greatness." It must have been the result of Russia's military action where it invaded Ukranian territory using Russian troops throughout all of Ukraine.

#5 He's Russian

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin was born in Leningrad, which is now St. Petersburg, Russia on Oct. 7, 1952.

Adolf Hitler (1989-1945)

#1 Abundant hair and grew thick mustache

Hitler grew an abundant amount of hair on his head. He also grew thick mustache that had become a trademark. Also, a man with mustache is the first image of Hitler that comes to mind when the name Hitler is brought up in conversations.

#2 Founder and leader of Nazi Party

Adolf Hitler was the founder and leader of the Nationalist Socialist German Workers Party, commonly known as the Nazi Party.

#3 Has the most influential voice

According to the Jewish Virtual Library, Hitler discovered a powerful talent for oratory. His "hoarse, grating voice, for all the bombastic histrionic content of his speeches, dominated audiences by dint of his tone of conviction and gift for self dramatization."

#4 Head of three thousand men

In November 1923, Hitler, together with General Ludendorff, sought to overthrow the Bavarian government in Munich. Both men marched at the head of 3,000 men. Police, though, caught them and threw Hitler in prison. Hitler was sentenced to five years. Nevertheless, Hitler only stayed in prison for nine months after he succeeded in turning the tables on his accusers.

#5 He's from Austria

According to Adolf Hitler's bio on biography.com, Adolf Hitler was born in Branau am Inn, Austria on April 20, 1889. Hitler was the fourth of six children born to Alois Hitler and Klara Polzl. He died on April 30, 1945 as the famous Nazi leader.

To sum this up, Vladimir Putin and Adolf Hitler seem to have one thing in common, and that is they are both world leaders who have showcased great power. With the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, it is still early to predict what Putin will become. As a leader, though, Putin has great potential.

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