Putin has won Sunday's Russian presidential election, giving him another six years at the helm of the Kremln
In a predictable result, Putin, who has been in power for 18 years, won a fourth term as Russian president after gaining a staggering 76.66% of the vote.
In the wake of his victory, Putin will seek retribution as his nation was made to “grovel in the dirt” after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, British defence chief Admiral Lord West told Daily Star Online.
He called the sure Putin victory, saying 'of course he will get the next six years because he is a total crook” and said the former KGB agent will stay in power for as long as he likes.
And other experts have said Putin has made “no secret” of his plans to reverse the dissolution of the Soviet Union, bringing back the powerful state in all-but name.
Soviet power was matched only by the US during the last Cold War that brought the world just one step away from nuclear oblivion from 1947 to 1991.
Putin’s global power has been on the rise as the Russian hardman makes it his business to end the Syrian Civil War, push forward towards eastern Europe and allegedly interfere with western powers.
This includes accusations of election tampering in the US, and the Kremlin’s suspected hand in the poisoning of MI6 double agent Sergei Skripal in Salisbury.
Britain has been pointing fingers at Moscow following the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter Yulia, 33, with military grade nerve agent Novichok.
Russia has denied any involvement, and called on the UK to provide their officials with access to the evidence to aid the investigation.
Admiral Lord West told Daily Star Online: “He harks back to the Soviet Union, and he felt Russia was made to grovel in the dirt.
“I don’t think it was, but I understand his thinking, and he wants to make Russia great again.
“He is coming up for another election, which he will rig so of course he will win, but actually a lot of Russian people do support him.
“By being tough with Britain and saying things like ‘we don’t take ultimatums’ – lots of Russians will love that, he is playing to his audience well.”
Putin, 65, has been at the sharp end of Russia's leadership since 1999 when he first assumed role of Prime Minister under president Boris Yeltsin.
Since then he has been either president or prime minister – with three terms in the top job - and has never been shy about his fondness of the Soviet Union.
Putin said there was 'no need' for the USSR to have collapsed, and he once called it “the major disaster of the last century”.
He does not appear to want a return to communism, but instead create a Russia as mighty as at the height of the Soviet Union.
David L. Goldwyn, a former special envoy for the US State Department, said Putin has made “no secret” of his desire to reverse the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Comparisons have already been made between the current collapse in relations between Russia and the West and the Cold War.
Putin has been accused of aggressive moves towards former Soviet states, including the shocking annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.
Russia’s leader has always denied he wants to return of a Soviet Union, and his dismissed allegations of aggression towards the West as “Russophobia”.
Admiral Lord West told Daily Star Online: “[Putin] would like everyone to think of Russia as a very important powerful country.
“He wants it to be in consideration if anything is decided around the world, and be a nation which is feared by various nations.
“His problem is that he has presided over a country which economically, if it wasn’t for oil, gas and raw materials, is an economic basketcase.
“He has a gross domestic product (GDP) around the size of Italy, but is spending vast amounts on weapons and nuclear weapons - and that in of itself is extremely worrying.”
Putin was projected to sweep away all opposition - securing his presidency, if not for life, but in at very least until 2024.
In a report from think tank Atlantic Council, Mr Goldwyn said: “President Putin has made no secret of his desire to reverse the dissolution of the Soviet Union and expand Russia’s sphere of influence.”
Ex-US secretary of Defense Leon Panetta accused Putin of trying to establish the Soviet Union – saying the desire is “what drives him”.