Russian President Vladimir Putin protected from Covid-19 by disinfection tunnel
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Russian President Vladimir Putin protected from Covid-19 by disinfection tunnel

Russian President Vladimir Putin is protected from the deadly coronavirus by a special disinfection tunnel which anyone visiting his residence outside Moscow must pass through before entering, it has been reported.

The tunnel, manufactured by a Russian company based in the town of Penza, has been installed at his official Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow which already has a 6m-high wall surrounding it to stop intruders.

Demonstration footage of the tunnel, published by RIA, showed masked people passing through it being sprayed with disinfectant from the ceiling and from the side as they walked along it, reports the state-controlled RIA news agency.

It described the disinfectant as a fine cloud of liquid which covered people’s clothes and any exposed upper body flesh.

Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesman, said in April anyone meeting Putin in person was tested for coronavirus.

A month later, Peskov said he had himself been infected.

Russia has recorded over 500,000 infections, the third highest number of cases in the world after Brazil and the United States, something it attributes to a massive testing programme.

Russia has registered 7,284 deaths so far – fewer than numerous other countries.

Critics are dubious about the accuracy of its mortality figures.

Reports last month suggested the pandemic threatens to damage Putin’s hopes of hanging on to power.

Early reports from Russia suggested that self-styled “president for life” Vladimir Putin ’s early action to close the country’s borders had prevented a major outbreak in the country.

But now, with the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases rising sharply and government business bailouts only helping out the super-rich, his plan to change the country’s constitution and remain in power until at least 2036 could be derailed by public disapproval of his response to the pandemic.


Pat Reaves
Pat Reaves writes for our World News section. Having spent his youth traveling from one country to another, Pat has incurred an education that is truly international in culture, academia, and language. His quick thinking and spontaneity has landed him in the sector where stories happen without any warning. He is an extremely patient and nurturing writer who lets a story take its course without interference and prejudice.

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