Vladimir Putin’s elite bodyguards are packing his feces while he’s abroad for him to take back to Russia, it has been reported.
According to Paris Match, members of the Russian President’s Federal Protection Service (FPS) collect the excrement in special packages, which are then stored in a special briefcase for the journey home.
The sombre exercise is reportedly being conducted to ensure foreign powers cannot receive any information about Putin’s health or possible treatments.
Reporters Regis Gente, author of two books on Russia, and Mikhail Rubin, who has been covering the country for over a decade, say this happened during visits to France in May 2017 and Saudi Arabia in 2019.
Former BBC journalist Farida Rustamova appeared to back up the bizarre claim, writing on Twitter that she knew Putin used “a special private bathroom” on a trip to Vienna.
She quoted an unnamed source as saying the Kremlin leader had traveled by portable loo “since the beginning of his rule”.
Putin’s health has been the subject of intense rumor and speculation since he decided on February 24 to launch his devastating invasion of Ukraine.
Unconfirmed reports suggest the 69-year-old is suffering from cancer, with an FSB official claiming he has “no more than two to three years to go alive”.
Putin reportedly needed “urgent medical attention” after falling ill following a phone call with military chiefs.
He was seen coughing and huddled under a thick blanket during May’s Victory Day Parade in Moscow’s Red Square.
Footage from February also showed him appearing to be shaking uncontrollably during a meeting with Belarusian leader and close ally Alexander Lukashenko, fueling rumors he has Parkinson’s disease.
Other reports suggest the bully may already be using body doubles to cover up his poor health.
Reports of examining feces as a means of gathering information are not new.
Former Soviet agent Igor Atamenko told the BBC that Joseph Stalin spied on Mao Zedong and other foreign leaders by analyzing his feces in a laboratory.
He said special toilets were installed for him when he visited Moscow in 1949 to collect the waste to study and try to develop psychological profiles.
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