VLADIMIR Putin is turning into more and more remoted, paranoid and misplaced contact with the surface world – even has sends Russians to die within the mud in Ukraine.
Karakulov described how Vlad is sped between his numerous “bunker” residences on a community of armoured trains – nearly completely indifferent from the world outdoors.
“He’s pathologically afraid for his life. He surrounds himself with an impenetrable barrier of quarantines and an data vacuum,” the defector instructed the Dossier Centre.
It was a singular and uncommon first hand perception into the deeply twisted mindset of a world chief who has had close to absolute energy for greater than 20 years.
And it’s additional paints the image of Putin as an acutely unusual particular person who seems to be residing in a nightmare of his personal making, the place little or no is true and everyone seems to be out to get him.
Putin, 70, is believed to be obsessed along with his personal dying – each from doable sickness or from the knife of assassins.
One of many long-reported linchpins of Putin’s character has been his deep-seated worry that he might be “killed like Gaddafi” – with the Libyan tyrant being overthrown and murdered in 2011.
Vlad is claimed to have obsessively watched cell phone footage of him being pulled out of a storm drain earlier than being manhandled by an indignant crowd, sodomised with a bayonet, and shot useless.
It seems to have been a turning level for Putin – fuelling the deep-seated paranoia of the person raised within the Soviet Union and the KGB.
Karakulov that Putin’s worry of dying is so extreme that he has reproduction workplaces dotted throughout Russia.
Vlad desires to ensure his enemies can by no means know his place – ensuring they’ll by no means come for him.
And subsequently, there are numerous unverified claims that in the course of the struggle Putin has used physique doubles to seem in sure areas.
Ukrainian officers have claimed Vlad is utilizing three such males to hold out duties on his behalf – however nobody is aware of for positive.
Putin himself has beforehand been compelled to disclaim that he makes use of physique doubles – however did declare he was as soon as supplied them.
Karakulov defined there’s a digital “state-within-a-state” that appears after Putin.
And this interior bubble simply additional deepens his isolation.
Putin’s worry of dying apparently was worsened by the Covid pandemic – and the bodyguard says his life-style has altered considerably since 2020.
Vlad was as soon as desirous to be seen because the world’s primary strongman and to trot the world stage.
He was famously pictured searching, driving horses, enjoying along with his canine, swimming with dolphins, enjoying hockey, doing judo and numerous different macho stunts.
And but now, when he’s seen – Vlad is often sat behind a display screen or retains a number of dozen toes away from his colleagues.
Footage launched this week confirmed the absurd second he welcomed a brand new collection of ambassadors to Moscow.
And but within the footage, he stood round 60 feet away from them.
His worry of dying appears to have morphed right into a germaphobia – particularly in relation to Covid.
Karakulov claimed Putin makes workers quarantine for 2 weeks earlier than conferences because the tyrant quakes in worry of illness.
Putin as soon as snapped at a coughing minister throughout a gathering, raging “getting the flu is self-harm. You would have prevented it, however you did not”.
American psychologist Frederick Coolidge beforehand described Putin’s elevated isolationism, well being fears and paranoia as typical of tyrants – evaluating him to Soviet ruler Joseph Stalin.
“[Autocrats] are inclined to have an extreme worry of dying or an infection,” he instructed the Voice of America in 2020.
“They worry dropping management, they worry dropping all the pieces and have a necessity to manage all the pieces.
“And they don’t seem to be at all times rational about it.”
And in the meantime, it has been reported that Putin has more and more questioned how “loyal” his authorities is over the struggle in Ukraine.
Russian newspaper Vedomosti reported that week that some 33,000 Russian officers have been weeded out attributable to “opposition sentiments”.
Most of those circumstances had been right down to “offenses” involving social media for the reason that begin of the struggle final February.
And hardline figures in Russia are additionally gaining prominence due to the struggle, comparable to Wagner Group chief Yevgeny Prigozhin.
Putin is known to mistrust his as soon as shut ally Prigozhin – and will now be trying to set them as much as fail in Ukraine.
And this storm of paranoia and infighting is on prime of rumours Putin is batting a number of well being points.
However as with a lot details about Putin – most of that is right down to rumours and hypothesis.
And his growing isolation is making these experiences tougher to confirm.
Karakulov supplied the world with a number of the greatest perception but into Vlad.
“Our president has misplaced contact with the world,” he stated.
He has been residing in an data cocoon for the previous couple of years, spending most of his time in his residences, which the media very fittingly name bunkers.
“He’s pathologically afraid for his life. He surrounds himself with an impenetrable barrier of quarantines and an data vacuum.
“He solely values his personal life and the lives of his household and pals.”
Vlad hasn’t made the positive aspects he or his commanders anticipated and Russia has discovered itself slowed down in a protracted, brutal struggle as humiliating defeats pile up.
The tyrant now seemingly has his future tied to his success or failure in Ukraine.
Putin foolishly believed his forces can be welcomed into Ukraine as liberators when he invaded final February.
However as a substitute, the preliminary assault led to a catastrophe which noticed his forces devastated and thrown again to Russia.
Kyiv continues to name for Western assist to assist them defeat Putin.
The world is now awaiting to see if Ukraine will mount its long expected counter offensive, with a lot of the fiercest combating at present centred across the metropolis of Bakhmut.