From Jeremiah 26:7-16:
"And the priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of Jehovah.
"So when Jeremiah had finished speaking all that Jehovah had commanded him to speak to all the people, then the priests and the prophets and all the people seized him and said: “You will surely die…
"The priests and the prophets said to the princes and to all the people: “This man deserves the death penalty, because he has prophesied against this city just as you have heard with your own ears.”…
"Then the princes and all the people said to the priests and the prophets: “This man does not deserve the death penalty, for he spoke to us in the name of Jehovah our God.”
It is always this way. The princes have no problem with it. It is the priests and the prophets that oppose religious truth.
Perhaps it will be that way with Putin, if he can withdraw himself from the headlock of the Church.