Is he a servant of the central banks?
If Putin wants to operate as a free agent, he will have to declare separation from the world central banking system, the Bank of International Settlements, and take responsibility for issuing his own currency, and manage his own interest rates.
If he doesn't declare currency independence, he is in truth no more than a stooge, acting out a role for his true backers, the Rothschilds, who he makes out to oppose.
It's the acid test. Is Putin really an opponent of the Rothschild hegemony, or is he creating a war, covertly for their ultimate benefit? It's the way he acts now as regards the Rouble that will show his determination to find an independent course.