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Paranoid Putin ‘starts wearing bulletproof vests for public appearances’


Vladimir Putin walking with ex-defence minister Sergei Shoigu at the May 9 Victory Parade on Red Square in Moscow.

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Vladimir Putin could be wearing bulletproof vests for public appearances amid fears he might be assassinated.

The Russian dictator appeared to be discomforted by the supposed body armour while he walked with ex-defence minister Sergei Shoigu, on Red Square, on May 9, for the annual Victory Day military parade commemorating the defeat of Hitler.

A source close to the Kremlin and two Russian officials said the country’s special services ‘have ramped up the already strict security measures surrounding President Vladimir Putin to an unprecedented degree’.

Recent attacks on politicians in Europe and Asia has left the Kremlin ‘rattled’ and it is on ‘high alert’ following the invasion of Ukraine.

Multiple security operatives were seen at the parade when Putin laid some wreaths.

Portable body armour in the form of suitcases can also be seen being carried around close to Putin.

Jade Miller, a security consultant, said: ‘Putin appears to be walking in a rather rigid manner and there are no natural creases appearing at the back of his overcoat when walking and shaking military personnel hands.’

She added his body frame ‘looks unnatural and his shoulders appear rather wide & square, showing no shape of the back and shoulder blades.

There were moments when Putin appeared physically discomforted by the suit while out walking at the parade (Picture: Kremlin.ru/e2w)

A security operative behind Putin can be seen holding a briefcase (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

Putin is said to be paranoid about his safety (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

‘At one point a part of his overcoat appears to get caught under what could potentially be a ballistic vest.’

She concluded Putin ‘appears to lift and adjust his shoulders in a way that shows discomfort from how a ballistic vest is designed to sit on the shoulders or collarbone.

‘In my professional opinion, Putin is wearing some form of ballistic protection during his time attending the parade.’

The Russian source said: ‘The Kremlin takes Vladimir Putin’s security very seriously.

‘He is protected by a whole army of visible and invisible guards.’

Putin was also joined by the Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko at the parade (Picture: Reuters)

Rumours about Putin’s ill health have also been circulating again (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

The source goes on to say that Putin has been wearing body armour at outdoor events ‘since at least 2023’.

‘He has been doing so on the strong recommendation of the Presidential Security Service (SBP), a unit within the Federal Guard Service (FSO) that protects the president,’ the source said.

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