Russia will not disappear
It’s equally unreasonable to be convinced that Russians will go on behaving in the same ways when the ex-Communist ruling elite loses power (which may be imminent) and a new post-imperial generation takes over instead. We have no idea what’s coming out of the box then. It could even be something good.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, pictured March 10, 2022. Russia is not a fascist state, just a kleptocracy where the thieves and the thugs have taken power, but Putin’s personal behaviour does begin to resemble Hitler in his bunker in the final days, and Hitler too was very ill. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons