Putin lives in constant fear of being ASSASSINATED & doesn’t even trust his own palace staff, says Vlad’s ex-guard | The Sun
VLADIMIR Putin lives in constant fear of being assassinated and doesn't trust his own stuff, according to a former guard.
Vitaly Brizhatiy is reported to be a member of Putin's security staff at a previously undisclosed residence used by Vlad in Crimea.
Brizhatiy spoke to one of the few independent Russian TV as he offered an insight into the increasingly paranoid Vlad.
The former guard – who is reported to have been in charge of the dogs on Vlad's estate – fled Russia and now resides in Ecuador.
He claimed that the dictator and his cronies used a series of seaside palaces in southern Crimea.
Putin annexed the peninsula from Ukraine back in 2014 – and reclaiming the region is a major war goal for Kyiv.
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Satellite photos dated from 2018 show a series of villas in the area he describes – including properties with pools and a helipad.
The houses also appear to have tennis courts and private jetties.
Brizhatiy describes the properties as "holiday mansions" used by Putin, along with his pals warmongering ex-PM Dmitry Medvedev and FSB boss Alexander Bortnikov.
“After Crimea was occupied, the sea by their dachas was cordoned off,” said Brizhatiy.
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“Now local people don’t have access to the sea.”
The chief guard dog handler told how [Putin’s] presence in the sprawling palace “is hidden even from his own staff.
They are told that he is there, but he might not be…
“He does not trust his own people.
“He trusts only a select circle of close people….
“People checking the site he is about to visit, or who stay close to him, are sent to quarantine [for as long as 3 weeks].
“This is happening on a constant basis, until this very day.”
When he arrives false information is routinely given out about the airport he will travel to – and he may then come by sea.
Brizhatiy said: “This is how a person fears for his life.”
These lavish homes have been hidden from ordinary Russians yet it is unlikely they are now used by Putin and his cronies since they are within range of Ukrainian drones and missiles.
The dictator is now believed to favour his bunker-equipped palaces deeper into Russia.
His Crimean bolthole is in Olyva – south of Sevastopol, which is regularly attacked by Ukraine – along a coastline favoured by the Russian imperial tsars.
Brizhatiy’s wife is from Crimea and they fled abroad after Putin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Putin is widely reported to have become increasingly paranoid and fearful for his life as his war continues to fail in Ukraine.
He is claimed to have survived six assassination attempts since being in office.
And his public appearances are becoming increasingly rare and stage-managed.
Ukrainian drones are blitzing deep into Crime and into Russia – ranging as far as Moscow.
Putin is reported to have become increasingly reliant on his network of bunkers, even travelling by train to avoid threats that he could be shot down.
His power was also brazenly challenged when the Wagner Group marched on Moscow – before its leader was killed in a mysterious plane crash.
Dozens of high-profile Russians have been killed since the war in Ukraine, with Vlad believed to have a hand in some of them as he secures power and snuffs out any rivals.
Putin's once unquestionable control has been tearing at the seams as his troops suffer humiliation on the Ukrainian battlefield.
Vlad's biggest fear is widely reported to be being killed like Colonel Muammar Gaddafi – who suffered public torture, brutalisation and execution by a mob.
It is an event which is said to have instilled in Putin a deep-seated fear of rebellion and paranoia about his own fate.
Vlad is believed to have seen it as a direct warning shot to his own regime.
All the gruesome final moments of the Libyan dictator’s life were broadcast worldwide, something which is said to have deeply disturbed Vlad.
He is said to have "obsessively" watched the video, according to The Atlantic, kicking off years of paranoia that a similar fate would one day find him.
The NATO-led intervention into Libya lay the groundwork for the violent death of the war criminal, and the Russian despot used it as an important lesson on Western involvement.
Putin furiously condemned the UN's decision for military action as treachery, comparing the resolution to a “medieval call to the crusades".
However, he was forced to watch helplessly and anxiously from the sidelines having stepped down from president to prime minister briefly between 2008-2012.
Putin even directly referenced the disturbing footage at a news conference in 2011.
"Almost all of Gaddafi’s family has been killed, his corpse was shown on all global television channels, it was impossible to watch without disgust.
"The man was all covered in blood, still alive and he was being finished off."
Russian journalist Mikhail Zygar wrote in his book "All The Kremlin's Men" that Putin learned an immense lesson the day of Gaddafi's death – weakness and compromise were not an option.
He wrote: "When he [Gaddafi] was a pariah, no one touched him. But as soon as he opened up he was not only overthrown but killed in the street like a mangy old cur."
Putin enemy Yuri Felshtinsky previously told The Sun Online that Putin is terrified that if he was ever to loosen the grip, then a similar bitter end awaits him.
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“He’s bright enough to know that under normal rules, his system of government cannot exist. He’s not an idealist," he said.
The Russian leader spent his two decades in power consolidating his iron grip by changing election laws and crushing any opposition.
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