Vladimir Putin is haunted by his predecessors.
He's spooked by how one of them came to power, through a revolution in the streets.
He's haunted by another, whose example he could never live up to.
He's afraid of turning into one, who was overthrown in a palace coup, and another who presided over a geriatric ossified regime and a stagnant economy.
He's afraid of turning into another, who inadvertently sparked the disintegration of his country.
The ghosts of all the dead Kremlin leaders -- as well as one that's still alive -- weigh like a nightmare on the brain of the current one.
In a special six-part series, The Daily Vertical took a closer look at Putin and the ghosts of Kremlins past.
Here's a recap:
Leninphobia (read transcript)
Stalin Envy (read transcript)
Khrushchev Fears (read transcript)
Brezhnev Schizophrenia (read transcript)
Force Of Light, Force Of Darkness (read transcript)
I'm Not Yeltsin! (read transcript)