Does Vladimir Putin Represent A White Russian Ascendancy?

I somehow missed this fascinating article back in July. The best part is this paragraph:

I read somewhere that, nearly a century after the Russian civil war, the ascendancy of Vladimir Putin ought to be seen as representing the final victory of the Whites over the Reds.

The author goes on to say that he thinks there’s something to this idea. I really wish I could find the original source for it, as I love all things White Russian. It’s also an interesting idea because all we hear from the media is how Putin wants to restore the Soviet Union, blah blah blah. But if he represents a White victory, then wouldn’t that mean he wants to restore the old Russian Empire, not the Soviet Union? (I’ve actually been saying the latter for some time now.)