All this 'coming clean' is annoying on so many levels. Did no one read chapter 2 of my book? This whole dictatorial project is about YOU, and part of YOU is your image, your following, your personality cult. How can you expect to establish yourself as the larger-than-life or God-like face of nation if you're explaining your bag of tricks while still in power? Do you want your subjects to take a break from surfing the internet and realize you've been duping them all these years? And why would the object of this photo ever admit to its fraudulent nature?
Well, don't say I didn't warn you. It's not a surprise, at least not to me, that unrest is rearing it's head in Russia. My advice is ... always lie. It's easier to stay respected that way.