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Dictator Putin and others fear for their lives: Former defense officials reveal secrets

The luxurious $1.3 billion, 190,000-square-foot mansion on the Black Sea shore belongs to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin, who leads a very secretive life, also has a network of secret tunnels in his bungalow. This security system has been implemented to avoid a situation like that of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in case of any untoward incident, rebellion or war situation. These tunnels have been dug 50 meters below sea level. In addition, the area is home to a synagogue, an ice rink, an underground wine cellar, and 17,000 acres of forest land that is entirely covered by Russia.

Gleb Karakulov, a senior Russian security official who defected last year and was a captain in the Federal Security Service, said there was a secret railway network, similar offices in various Russian cities, multiple layers of strict quarantine and ever-increasing security regulations and There were secret bunkers. Protect President Putin, who is famous for disappearing suddenly for days at a time. Karakulov said that all these steps were taken to stop the actions of the Russian President and that Putin is very afraid for his life.

Exotic planes and fake convoys


Putin uses twin offices in St. Petersburg and Novo-Ogaryovo, where his secret service team deploys fake aircraft and fake convoys to deceive and spread the false message that Putin is on his way. These security measures have been taken to avoid detection by foreign intelligence agencies and to prevent possible assassination attempts. Another federal security official who defected to Russia said Putin would send dummy convoy vehicles past his residence near Sochi to make it look like he was headed to Moscow. Sochi is a city located on the Black Sea coast in south-western Russia. The region is famous for its seaside resorts and beautiful landscapes. It is a famous tourist destination and hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Vitaly Brizetti, a former Russian security official who was part of the security team at one of Putin’s secret residences in Crimea, described how Putin feared for his life, saying a security guard was posted near the washing machine at his residence. Was. Putin seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and Ukraine’s goal in the current war is to recapture Crimea.


While talking to an independent Russian channel, Brizati said that Putin has such concerns about his security. The security officer who was previously in charge of the dogs at Putin’s Olivier estate has left Russia and now lives in Ecuador. The ultra-vigilant Putin even sends armed divers to ensure security at his private beaches.

Putin doesn’t even trust his security team

Brizzatti says Putin doesn’t even trust his security team. Putin also lies to his defense forces about when he will arrive in Crimea and where he will be deployed. Crimea is located on the northern coast of the Black Sea and has historically been part of Ukraine. But Russia ended it in 2014. The issue is still an international controversy, sparking conflict between Russia and Ukraine. “The security team was informed that Putin was relaxing in a cottage in Crimea, and while they were providing security to that area, Putin was in a completely different location,” explains Brigitte. Dacha in Russian means leisure home. These usually take place in beautiful surroundings.

Putin’s Olive: City of Dreams

Putin’s palace in Crimea, Olivier, has been described as a luxury, ‘small town’ affair by his former security officer. It’s like a dream world, explains Bridget, with a gym, fountains, beautiful gardens, tea houses, a barbecue area, beaches. But security is Putin’s biggest concern and since the war in Ukraine, Putin’s security has been increased manifold. The number of Putin’s monitors has been increased six times. Most non-military personnel have been denied access to Putin’s residence. Anyone visiting there will have to hand over their mobile phone before entry.

Satellite photos taken from 2018 show several houses with swimming pools and helipads in the area. These houses have a private tennis court, boat parking space. Brizati calls these places Putin’s vacation residence. It is used by Putin, his friend former Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and the head of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Alexander Bartnikov, among others. All these leaders are known for their aggressive stance. But these luxurious homes are kept secret from ordinary Russians. But since they are vulnerable to Ukrainian drone and missile attacks, it is doubtful that they will be used by Putin and other leaders.

Far from the battlefields of Ukraine

It is being said that Russia’s authoritarian leaders are now choosing palaces with underground bunkers. His residence in Crimea is south of Olivier Sevastopol. The area is constantly under attack by Ukraine and even the Tsars are said to have loved its long coastline. It is being said that Russia’s military setback in Ukraine has increased Putin’s security concerns. Putin has survived six assassination attempts during his tenure. His public appearances are now even less frequent, and even if they occur, they are highly planned and reserved.

According to many reports, Putin’s biggest fear is that he might end up in the same situation as Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Gaddafi was captured by a group of Libyans, tortured and brutally executed in Libya. This incident has scared Putin so much that he fears that his future may be in danger due to a coup in Russia. Many have suggested that Putin took this incident as a clear message, a warning to his government.

Putin’s political rival Yuri Felshtinsky has said that if Putin loosens his grip on Russia, he will face a bad end. “Putin knows that his style of governance, his style of government, cannot survive normalcy,” Felshtinsky says. He is certainly not an idealistic ruler.” He is a Russian historian, author and political analyst who is an opponent of the Putin regime. He is known for his research and writing on Russian politics, especially the politics of the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia.

Author: Girish Linganna

(Space and Defense Analyst)

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