Keep in mind that Putin isn't as smart as he thinks he is. For his social media machinations to be really effective, we should never have found out about them, but we did -- in real time. Mueller even knows the names of Putin's GRU deputies and how they carried out his disinformation campaign. We know all about his troll farms and his hacking efforts and we are now on guard.
Putin should never have selected a total buffoon like #WhiteSupremacistTraitorTrump to be his pawn, but he did. What an imperfect vessel he chose to overturn the United States! The catch for Putin is that only an utter fool would be stupid enough to collaborate in his grandiose world domination scheme that seems pulled out of a 1960's James Bond movie, so it always was going to be a lose-lose proposition.
Everyone not in the Trump Cult (and they are a minority) sees him for what he is. Putin underestimates the intelligence of most of the American people and the resilience of our Constitutional Republic. He doesn't appreciate the checks and balances scattered throughout our tri-cameral federated political structure, or the power every citizen has to resist. He was able to take advantage of a temporary crack in the social media influence wall and now we are alerted to his activities. You can fool some of the people all of the time, but not all of the people all of the time.
Putin has not gained sanction relief and probably never will. His dreams of a reconstituted Soviet Union will never happen. Russia remains a third-rate kleptocracy teetering on the verge of another political collapse. He has already lost.
Hang in there.