This is a very sensitive issue I guess for all Putin/ER supporters. If you consider yourself a decent person you can't condone injustice and cruelty, so in order to keep clear concience you rather create your own reality where criminals become victims and vice versa.
For sure, I understand the dynamic, the rationalisations etc. It's just I thought Marat understood it too. I never thought he'd trade his "reality" so readily, so mindlessly for another one.
Well, it's with some relief that I give up (what I hope is) the last of my illusions.