Petrified Putins deepening paranoia is eerily similar to Hitlers final days

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine grinds on Vladimir Putin is becoming increasingly paranoid, rarely going to his office at the Kremlin.

One expert has even claimed that his behaviour has become similar to that of Adolf Hitler towards the end of the Second World War.

Although the Russian president has long been very conscious of security, the invasion of Ukraine has seen his paranoia reach entirely new levels, according to Professor Mark Galeotti, the Mirror reports.

Putin no longer travels regularly to his Kremlin office, preferring instead to work from the mansion located on his summer estate at Novo-Ogaryovo located west of Moscow.

Professor Galeotti is a professor at the University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies, and spoke to the Daily Mail of his view that the Russian president is descending into deepening paranoia.

Prof Galeotti said: "He has his staff, his bodyguards, his team of food tasters and so on, but for months senior ministers, advisers and aides with whom he would once frequently consult, have been kept at a distance.

"The pandemic facilitated this — but he shows no sign of wanting to change the status quo.”

It is a situation that can even be compared to that faced by Hitler as the Second World War was drawing towards its close, ironically with Soviet Russian forces bearing down on Berlin.

"It is impossible not to be reminded of Adolf Hitler’s last days, when a war he started was also going against him," Prof Galeotti told the Daily Mail.

"Of course, Putin’s enemies are not at the gates of Moscow as Hitler’s were in Berlin, yet there are parallels in both leaders’ refusal to listen to counsel, and their insistence on micro-managing military manoeuvres despite not having the experience to do so."

Putin's insecurities mean that he won't trust information from the internet and so insists on paper documents when he is being briefed.

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A typical day sees him receiving military reports, followed by reports from the SFV intelligence service which provides him with updates on world events.

He would then receive a report from the FSB, the federal domestic security service, which will give him an update on events across the country, before being brought up to speed on the latest developments with Russian oligarchs.

Professor Galeotti explains that Putin now prefers to communicate with people via video call instead of face to face, which he puts down to the president's ability to cut off any news he doesn't like.

One recent example of this was when he cut off the head of Russia's Central Bank, Elvira Nabiullina, after she told him that the economy heading for the "sewers".

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The overall impression is of an individual who is becoming increasingly isolated.

"Dedicated Kremlin-watchers believe that Putin is spending much of his time alone, brooding on the war and thinking about strategy on the ground — which is alarming for Russia because history tells us that this is the exact opposite of what he should be doing," said Prof Galeotti.

"Putin has absolutely no meaningful military experience, despite (like many politicians) being unable to pass a tank or a fighter plane without pausing for a photo-op."

And Putin’s attempts now to direct the Russian army are like that of Hitler: “Right up to the end, in his bunker below the streets of Berlin, he was micro-managing his troops.”

The invasion of Ukraine appears to have not gone according to plan, with Russia suffering heavy military losses and repeatedly revising its objectives to be less ambitious.

Professor Galeotti claims that this is the result of Putin's leadership, arguing that the Russian army is not "useless" but has been badly used.

The contrast between the old Putin and the frail leader at the Victory Day celebrations also suggest that he is likely to be ill.

Images have also emerged of Putin in meetings with senior officials, with his pose seemed tensed or braced, and appearing to be clutching at the desk.

While Putin is famed for his ability to read and understand the thoughts of his adversaries, he now appears increasingly angry and erratic, leaving the future of Ukraine and his own future in increasing uncertainty.

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