The Putin Heuristic goes like this.
Always choose the opposite position on any domestic matter to that stated by an evil, foreign dictator.
Recent examples include Putin’s support for Brexit and the election of Donald Trump.
(for balance I’ve included a rather warm, friendly picture)
From first principles, here’s why
To state a principle is not to claim there are no exceptions. However, I reckon this approach will have you safely covered for most occasions.