Professor Mark Galeotti lived on Kutuzovsky Prospekt, one of the wide, radial roads that leads into central Moscow — and the favoured route of President Vladimir Putin’s (middle) motorcade to the Kremlin. The Russian leader has always been security conscious, but today, on the losing side of his 'special military operation' in Ukraine (left) he is more paranoid than ever. Galeotti tells Daily Mail it is impossible not to be reminded of Adolf Hitler’s (bottom right) last days, when a war he started was also going against him. The Russian president's enemies are not at the gates of Moscow as Hitler’s were in Berlin, but 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 defence minister Sergei Shoigu, 66, (top right) who is widely regarded as the great political survivor of Russian politics since the fall of the Soviet Union, is being seen less rarely with the president, leading to speculation that he is lined up to be the fall guy for military failures.