"The Moscow economic picture is actually worse: the market is down > 70% in $ (since the ruble dropped). Russian traders are saying (privately) that Putin is crazy & getting crazier". - Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The recent video showing Putin humiliating his own spy chief (who looked terrified) tends to give the same impression of someone unhinged. Everyone seems petrified of Putin within the Russian power structure. He's a one-man show, a dictator with nukes, and some bizarre, sentimental, anachronistic beliefs about the 'Fatherland'. God help the folks in Ukraine.