Paranoid Putin ‘starts wearing bulletproof vests for public appearances’

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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.

Vladimir Putin walking with ex-defence minister Sergei Shoigu at the May 9 Victory Parade on Red Square in Moscow.
There were moments when Putin appeared physically discomforted by the suit while out walking at the parade (Picture: Kremlin.ru/e2w)
In this pool photograph distributed by the Russian state agency Sputnik, Russia's President Vladimir Putin and foreign leaders lay flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin wall after the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow on May 9, 2024. Russia celebrates the 79th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. (Photo by Ramil SITDIKOV / POOL / AFP) (Photo by RAMIL SITDIKOV/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
A security operative behind Putin can be seen holding a briefcase (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)
putin standing in the snow
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.’

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko take part in a flower-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Victory Day, which marks the 79th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, in central Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2024
Putin was also joined by the Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko at the parade (Picture: Reuters)
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (R) leave Red Square after the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow on May 9, 2024. Russia celebrates the 79th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. (Photo by NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA / AFP) (Photo by NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP via Getty Images)
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.

Putin recently looked unwell and weak while in Belarus amid ongoing rumours of bad health.

He seemed frail and off-colour while meeting with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko to discuss the ongoing war in Ukraine

The summit took place in Minsk, the Belarusian capital, on Friday. 

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