Putin as Hitler
Memes comparing Russian President Vladimir Putin and Nazi leader Adolf Hitler seek to underscore a commonality of rhetoric, methods, and worldview between the two. These memes, furthermore, reverse the direction of Russian rhetoric toward Ukraine, which Putin has described as a Nazi state. Memes of this type will often place Hitler's mustache on Putin's face, or they will replace the swastika in various images with the letter 'Z', which has become a symbol of Russia's war against Ukraine. In addition to Hitler, memes sometimes compare Putin to other dictators and authoritarian leaders, such as Nicolae Ceaușescu, Kim Jong Un, Stalin, Napoleon, etc.