Not sure if you are comparing Putin to Merkel or what.
Angela Merkel is possibly the Worlds best Leader at present, not that there is much competition. Germany continues to thrive, and while they have some issues with mass immigration, they are coping well, building new houses and getting on with it. The Germany economy is the strongest in Europe and wages and conditions for workers are better than us. And Merkels Government has a plan for the environment; and if you were ever in Germany before 1980, you would know what a sh itty mess its rivers and air were in, and how millions of trees have been planted.
I don't really care much about Putin, but his record on free speech and civil rights is poor and the rich are getting very rich and the poor are looking for the next Revolution.