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Moscow insiders describe heightening panic, shame, and frustration as economic sanctions cripple Russia. Middle-class Russians are pulling their money out of banks as quickly as they can, storing their value in goods instead of currency. People are frustrated with the situation, ashamed of Russia’s changing status in the world, and worried about a return to Soviet-era lifestyles. According to Ukrainian intelligence, the Russian elite want Putin ousted ––and they even have a successor picked out. Putin is rumored to be purging the Kremlin of officials he blames for the faltering invasion of the Ukraine . The Russian army’s inability to swiftly conquer Ukraine has led to a number of internal struggles among Russian leaders. Sergey Beseda, head of the FSB’s foreign service, has been placed under house arrest . Putin had the man arrested for failing to warn him of the stiff resistance Russia would face in the Ukraine. Internal pressure is mounting against the Russian war. Children of oligarchs are taking to social media to protest the war , and a Russian priest has been arrested for delivering an anti-war sermon . A Russian oligarch has put a $1 million bounty on Putin , signaling a massive shift in sentiments in Russia. According to a Ukrainian intelligence report, Putin is “furious’ that the Ukraine invasion hasn’t been “easy.” US officials have also reported that Putin is lashing out at his inner circle out of frustration . The international community is sending Russia thousands of weapons and units of […]