Vladimir Putin: Why some admire Russian leader's image
29 April 2014 Last updated at 13:52 BST
The First Minister of Scotland said he admired "certain aspects" of Vladimir Putin, including how he had restored part of Russian pride.
But Alex Salmond added he did not approve of a range of Russian actions, although he was not the first party leader to speak of his admiration for the Russian leader.
Jo Coburn spoke to psychotherapist Lucy Beresford and pollster Deborah Mattison about this appeal after they watched a montage of the leader in action.