I have my doubts concerning Putin favoring Trump over Hillary. Putin received most favorable treatment from her. Since Trump became president, existing sanctions were kept in place. Ukraine has received weapons that Obama refused to provide. Trump's actions on fracking has made the US a major provider of NG and fuel. Russia is a gas station with nukes. Any drop in price harms their GDP -- about $1.75 trillion. The equivalent of Italy.
Consider the sourcing of the Steele Dossier, Christopher Steele told State Department official, Kathleen Kavalec, a former Russian spy chief Vyacheslav Trubnikov and a top Kremlin adviser Vladislav Surkov were involved in an operation to collect compromising information on Donald Trump. Research shows both men are still alive and hold important positions in Russia. We know what Putin does with his enemies. Therefore, the best conclusion is that Hillary and the DNC colluded with Putin.
Vyacheslav Ivanovich Trubnikov is a Russian journalist, political scientist, intelligence officer and a diplomat. He has worked as the Director of Foreign Intelligence Service (Russia) and currently is a First Deputy of Foreign Minister of Russia.
Vladislav Yuryevich Surkov is a Russian businessman and politician of Chechen descent. He was First Deputy Chief of the Russian Presidential Administration from 1999 to 2011, during which time he was widely seen as the main ideologist of the Kremlin who proposed and implemented the concept of sovereign democracy in Russia. From December 2011 until May 2013 Surkov served as the Russian Federation's Deputy Prime Minister. After his resignation, Surkov returned to the Presidential Executive Office and became a personal adviser of Vladimir Putin on relationships with Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Ukraine.