Disinfection tunnels installed to protect Russia’s Vladimir Putin from pandemic

Disinfection tunnels installed to protect Russia's Vladimir Putin from pandemic

A special disinfection tunnel has been installed in the residence of Russian President Vladimir Putin outside Moscow and two more in the Kremlin, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Reports about the tunnel spraying anyone passing through it with disinfectants appeared in Russian state media on Tuesday night.

RIA Novosti news agency reported that the tunnel was manufactured by a Russian company based in Penza, some 340 miles southeast of Moscow.

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British Prime minister Tony Blair watches as the Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves Downing Street after their meeting today Wednesday 5th October 2005. See PA Story DEFENCE Putin. Press Association Photo. Photo credit should read Stephan Rousseau/PA
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St.Petersburg Mayor Anatoly Sobchak (right) and his assistant Vladimir Putin (left) attend a meeting of the St.Petersburg city legislature. Year 1993. Russia, St. Petersburg. Photo credit: Mikhail Razuvaev/Kommersant/Sipa USA
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Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin lays a wreath at the Soviet war memorial in the grounds of the Imperial War Museum, in London. Putin is in London for a one day visit, where he will have talks with British Prime Minister Tony Blair. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
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The wife of Britain's Prime Minister Cherie Blair speaks with the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin on the steps of Chequers, the Prime Minister's country residence near Wendover England. * ....The Russian President had arrived for a two day visit for talks.
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Russian leader Vladamir Putin (left) shares a joke with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder whilst they watched a festival on the river in St Petersburg, Russia, to celebrate the city's tercentenary.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) is welcomed by the Prince of Wales at Heathrow Airport, London, at the start of their state visit. It is the first state visit by a Russian leader since the days of the Tsars.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrive at Buckingham Palace, London, on the first day of his state visit. It is the first state visit by a Russian leader since the days of the Tsars.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrive at Buckingham Palace, London, on the first day of his state visit. It is the first state visit by a Russian leader since the days of the Tsars.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (centre) inspects the guard at Horse Guards Parade, London, on the first day of his state visit. It is the first state visit by a Russian leader since the days of the Tsars.
Queen Elizabeth II laughs with Prime Minister Tony Blair (3rd right) as she and Russian President Vladimir Putin (not pictured) arrive at Horse Guards Parade, London, on the first day of his state visit. * It is the first state visit by a Russian leader since the days of the Tsars.
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A Yeoman of the Guard, Tom Sharp, (left) looks on as Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila pass by during their visit to the Tower of London. * The Russian leader toured the historic attraction with his wife but did not have to queue to see the exhibits.
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Prime Minister David Cameron greets Russian President Vladimir Putin on the steps of 10 Downing Street in London, ahead of talks.
British Prime Minister, David Cameron (centre) is joined by (left to right) German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande, along with other G8 leaders for the second Plenary Session of the G8 summit in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.
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The tunnels were installed when the Covid-19 outbreak "was in full swing", Mr Peskov said.

"When it comes to the head of the state, additional precautionary measures are justified."

Last month, Mr Putin said that Russia had passed the peak of the outbreak and urged the government to gradually start easing lockdown restrictions, in place since late March.

On Wednesday, Russian health officials reported 7,843 new coronavirus cases, the lowest daily number since late April.

The country's caseload, currently at 553,301, remains the third largest in the world.

Kremlin critics question the official statistics and link reopening efforts to the Russian government's desire to boost voter turnout in an upcoming constitutional referendum that would allow Mr Putin to rule until 2036.

The plebiscite is scheduled for July 1.

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