On a day when Vladimir Putin threatens nuclear war to try to break up NATO, the painful and unnecessary deaths of at least 54 Russian sailors just emphasizes how cheap human life is in a country where people are simply giving up hope.
It is a contemptible display from a government that is rapidly losing its grip on reality.
Meanwhile a small glimpse of the nature of Russian propaganda has been given by former workers in Russia's "Troll's House".
The struggles within the regime are now increasingly open: the Russian chauvinism of some significant elements in the FSB versus the corruption of the Chechens. Ostensibly this is a struggle that pits ethnic Russians versus non-ethnic Russians, but in reality it is a straight forward battle for power. Putin may have found a modus vivendi for the time being, but the army is increasingly unhappy about the Ukrainian adventure- which according to some sources has now cost nearly 6000 Russian soldiers their lives, with significant casualties on top of this. The Ukrainian army, despite deficits in both men an material has been able to create major problems for the Russian invaders, and international observers have been surprised by the poor Russian command tactics and equipment that the invasion has revealed.
As Putin grows ever more shrill, there is almost a sense not of fear but of pity, even faint amusement. Any use of nuclear force is a gamble that could simply destroy the user. Although the threats were denied by Dimitri Peskov, Putin's grim-faced Goebbels, the fact is that there are more than sufficient witnesses to prove Peskov to be a liar, yet again.
I myself merely smiled when Peskov said that Putin still had "a bone crushing handshake". I have actually shaken Putin's hand, and it was like shaking hands with a rather unpleasant fish.
The dead Russian sailors in the Sea of Okhotsk and the dead Russian soldiers in Ukraine merely show how dangerous the Criminal in the Kremlin is... to the Russian people.