I don't know a whole lot about the current Russian leader's policies. But isn't he sort of like, well, a lot less of a socialist than some of the other leaders Russia has had? I mean, if anyone knows the truth that socialism doesn't work, it would be the Russians. They just had it give them a kick in the ass not too long ago.
Point being, that the guy he told that to would be like..."Er.. so what? You're kinda headed down the wrong road with that..."