He suggested that future Russia should be united not so much by Putin, a man of flesh and blood, but by Putinism as an ideology of collective coexistence and survival.
It sounds very much like Argentina's Peronism, which means it is not necessarily incompatible with democracy.
Ultimately there is one thing which Putin understand perhaps better than all Kremlinologists, both Russian and Western:
It is that he is the product of the ever-changing Russian political culture, not otherwise.
He is the living embodiment of what Russian experts often call "the collective Putin".
He can adapt as a politician to tectonic cultural and social shifts, but he hardly has the power to precipitate them or change their direction.
Perhaps he can slow them down at best.