BREAKING: Top Soviet Found DEAD At 73 – Russia Is In SHAMBLES

As if things weren’t bleak enough in Russia already, one of its sporting legends has passed away at the age of 73.

Yuri Vasinin, one of the top players in Russian soccer during the 1970s and the winner of the Soviet Top League Championship with Zarya Voroshilovgrad in 1972, died Monday, according to reports.

Vasinin also played for the USSR national team in 1972 and 1973.

While he played in the qualifiers for the 1974 FIFA World Cup, the USSR didn’t qualify for the tournament.

His professional career lasted from 1966 to 1978, including four years with team Baltika in his native Kaliningrad.

After that, he had a successful career as a coach, including managing Baltika in 1991 and 1992.

Vasinin’s death comes at a difficult time for Russia as the country continues to suffer losses in Ukraine and misery at home.

In early April, Ukraine released estimates that 18,900 Russian troops have died during the invasion of the country, saying that the bodies they’ve recovered and intercepted Russian communications back up that number.

Russia has also lost over 3,000 tanks, according to estimates from The Economist in early May.

At present, Russian forces are still bogged down in a bloody battle at the steelworks inside the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, where civilians in the city have sought refuge.

Reports say Russian President Vladimir Putin might declare full-scale war on Ukraine on May 9, the day of Russia’s annual Victory Parade, according to the BBC.

Up until now, Russia has referred to the invasion as a “special military operation,” citing spurious claims they want to “demilitarize” or “de-Nazify” Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Russia has faced an economic collapse unprecedented since Putin took power in the wake of the invasion, despite the Russian president’s attempts to “sanction-proof” the economy.

“On April 29, Russian central bank governor Elvira Nabiullina slashed the country’s interest rates by three percentage points for the second time in less than a month, after forecasting a severe recession, soaring prices, and coming labor market upheaval as the country pays the price for its unprovoked war,” Fortune reported Monday.

“Gross domestic product is expected to nosedive by a minimum of 8% this year, and could even shrink by as much as 10%, the most since 1994, according to the World Bank.”

Furthermore, Fortune reported, the central bank governor went as far as to dismiss a positive first-quarter GDP gain of 3.7% “as nothing more than a temporary effect driven by people stocking up on goods before they disappear.”

Western companies have mostly pulled out of Russia and goods are in short supply. Commercial planes aren’t flying due to lack of parts and the paper shortage is so dire in the country that patients reportedly have to bring their own paper to the doctors if they want a printout of their diagnostic reports.

While Vasinin’s death is just another small blow to the Russian people, it’s yet another ugly moment in a year that’s had no shortage of them — all because of an unprovoked invasion that’s done nothing but reduce Moscow’s military prestige.