New Depths of Russian Insanity as Putin’s Ukraine Debacle Continues

Source: Cato Institute
by Cathy Young

“While Ukrainians celebrated the liberation of Kherson, anti‐​war Russians were distracted by a much darker story: the posting of an apparent snuff video in which a former fighter with the Wagner mercenary group, a would‐​be defector to the Ukrainian side, was bludgeoned to death with a sledgehammer. … The story is indeed horrific; the official and quasi‐​official reactions make it worse. And, capping two weeks during which Russia’s former president and current deputy chair of the security council asserted that the country is literally at war with Satan while the leading show on national television claimed that Russia’s biggest problem was not enough dictatorship, it starkly illustrates Russia’s descent into a twilight zone that’s part horror movie and part theater of the absurd.” (11/18/22)