Those Deobandi and Salafi/Wahhabi Islamists who are currently praising Putin should pause and reflect about hundreds of Salafi/Wahhabi and Deobandi terrorists killed by Putin in Chechnya.
Those Shias who are valorizing Putin should consider the fact that until only a few years ago, Marg Bar Shouravi (Murda Baad Roosia / Down with Russia) was an integral component of the takbeer (Allah-o-Akbar) raised by Iranian clerics and Iran-infected Pakistani Shias. Many Iran-centric Shias still think that Marg bar Amreeka (Down with USA) is one of the fundamental principles of the Shiite faith.
In international relations, only interests are permanent, enemies and friends are not!
In contrast, there are quite a few Pakistani liberals – who remain in denial or silence about the Saudi-US role in recruitment and radicalization of Deobandi sect in Pakistan – are freely criticizing Putin on one pretext or other describing him as a Communist, totalitarian dictator. This is called Tarek Fatah model of liberalism.
Tarek Fatah model of (fake) liberalism is characterised of these four elements:
(1) discreet Shia phobia under thin veneer of secular and liberal ideals;
(2) false binary between Sunni and Shia hiding or obfuscating the Deobandi and Salafi/Wahhabi roots of violence against Sunni Barelvis/Sufis, Shias, Christians, Jews etc;
(3) false neutrality between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Shias and Deobandis/Wahhabis, Hezbollah and AlQaeda; and,
(4) selective activism on human rights while maintaining tight silence on human rights violations by Israel, US, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and other countries.
(Examples: https://worldshiaforum.wordpress.com/tag/tarek-fatah/ and https://lubpak.com/archives/tag/tarek-fatah)
A false Sunni-Shia binary (or US-Russia binary) that ignores the shameful role played by the CIA-Saudi-ISI complex in the massacres of Sunni Barelvis/Sufis, Shias and Christians through useful Salafi and Deobandi idiots (Jihadist proxies) during Afghan Jihad and now Syrian Jihad is naive at its best, and dishonest at its worst.