ISOLATION: Disturbing Pic Shows Putin ‘Meeting’ with Advisors Huddled 20 Feet Away

A disturbing picture released from Moscow shows Russian President Vladimir Putin “meeting with his top advisors” at the Kremlin while demanding they keep a massive distance from the authoritarian leader.

“Putin meets with his top advisors today,” posted ABC News’ Jonathan Karl on Twitter.

The Russian Currency Ruble plunged 30% compared to the US Dollar Monday morning as international sanctions against Vladimir Putin’s regime disconnect the country from the global financial community.

“The Russian currency plunged about 30% against the U.S. dollar after Western nations announced moves to block some Russian banks from the SWIFT international payment system and to restrict Russia’s use of its massive foreign currency reserves. The exchange rate later recovered ground after swift action by Russia’s central bank,” reports the Associated Press.

“This is the West causing a currency crisis for Russia,” said Tyler Kustra, an assistant professor of politics and international relations at the University of Nottingham.