The Avendum Chronicles
At a crucial anchor point in the multiverse, Vladimir’s Earth was the site of a battle to prevent illithids from severing an entire branch of the multiverse and send it spiraling into the Far Realms. At the vital point in the bid for the World Presidency, the Society managed to obtain enough support for Vladimir, the head of the “Russian” mafia, to obtain the seat.
While the condition for his full cooperation in this matter was that the world would belong to him without outside interference, the Society is more than willing to support that, as opposed to the alternative. Since ascending to power, however, Vladimir has proven to be an ally to the Society, although he does not appreciate the agents Society occasionally sends to check on him. This is probably because being President of the world is actually relevant, now that he knows there are other worlds out there. This is especially useful, since the world is still, in fact, at a vital branch in the multiverse.