Vladimir Putin may be isolating in Kremlin amid flu outbreak: report

As a number of Kremlin officials have been affected by a major flu outbreak, there is speculation that Russian President Vladimir Putin may be isolated in a bunker, a report said.

Kremlin,Updates: December 15, 2022 15:14 IST

Russian President Vladimir Putin attending a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, December 9, 2022 (Photo: Reuters/File)

By India Today Web Desk: Russian President Vladimir Putin There is likely to be isolation in a bunker as a major flu outbreak has affected a number of Kremlin officials, a report in The Mirror claimed. Reports say that many people in the Kremlin are down with the flu and speculation is rife that Putin may be isolated in a bunker.

Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov reportedly told the Novaya Gazeta Europe news outlet that many people in the Kremlin are suffering from the flu. Putin has already canceled his annual set-piece press conference this month.

The revelation of Putin’s presidential team carrying out a flu sweep comes amid speculation they are set to go into hiding until the new year because of health concerns.

Earlier it was reported in several media reports that the Russian President is suffering from various health conditions including cancer and schizoaffective disorder.

The report also states that the possibility of Putin’s address to the parliament this month cannot be ruled out. But the unusual unpublished claim by close aides of the Russian president that he had been hit by the flu could lead to its cancellation.

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Meanwhile, a report in Today Verstka Oulet suggests that he is likely to skip his address to the upper house of parliament because he is scared of Ukraine’s ability to hit targets in Russia. It further said the Kremlin leader and his close family would spend the New Year holidays in a bunker east of the Ural Mountains.

“The recent attacks on military air bases deep in Russia have caused Putin serious concern,” General SVR Telegram channel said.

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“Vladimir Putin’s already prohibitive security measures have actually intensified, despite the president’s order to strengthen security measures at strategic facilities. Putin has started spending more time in the bunker-like compound. and the president and his loved ones [will celebrate] New Year in a bunker located behind the Ural Mountains instead of at the residence in Sochi, as previously planned,” the report said.

Meanwhile, on the war front, Moscow says no ‘Christmas truce’ Nearly 10 months after the devastating war in Ukraine was on the cards. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Zelensky needed to accept “new realities” and that progress would not be possible without considering these realities.

Russia has continued to fire missiles into Ukraine during the bitter cold, which has crippled its energy infrastructure and facilities. On Wednesday, Ukraine’s military shot down 13 drones as Russia launched its first major drone attack on Kyiv in weeks.

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