Putin’s bodyguards travel with a special briefcase that collects his faeces and pee and transports them back to Russia: Reports
According to reports, the Russian president travels with six to seven security guards. He’s been doing it from the start of his presidency.
Putin is said to go abroad with a team of bodyguards who collect his faeces and urine in a suitcase, which is then taken all the way back to Moscow for fear of revealing too much about his health.
According to a report by two senior journalists in the French news magazine Paris Match, this team of about six or seven Russian Federal Protection Service (FPS) security personnel is in charge of accompanying the Russian president to the washroom during his travels and transporting the droppings back to Moscow in a special suitcase to prevent any secret’ about his health from being leaked.
In fact, a video circulated online that was uploaded by a BBC journalist, which drew greater attention to the apparent evidence.
Two people are seen standing watch at the door in the popular footage, while two more people emerge from the washroom, one of them is carrying a suitcase. Then comes another bodyguard, followed by Putin, who is escorted by two more bodyguards.
So I’m counting 6 people accompanying Vladimir Putin to the toilet… pic.twitter.com/BjG5N5IpDR
— Jonah Fisher (@JonahFisherBBC) December 9, 2019
The act was initially seen during Putin’s visit to France in 2017, according to the article, and was repeated in 2019 during his visit to Saudi Arabia.
The President has been doing this from the beginning of his presidency, according to The Independent. The goal is to keep information about Putin’s health and prospective ailments out of the hands of his adversaries.
“Putin fears the possibility of any information about his health getting into the hands of foreign intelligence services. He wants to project the image that he will be ruling Russia indefinitely in order to deter any chaos associated with a change of power,” Rebekah Koffler, president of Doctrine & Strategy Consulting and a former DIA intelligence officer, was quoted as saying by Fox News Digital.
Since claims surfaced that Putin is suffering from cancer, speculation regarding his health has grown. The New York Post published a photo of Putin sitting with a blanket covering his knees at a triumph parade in Moscow on the occasion of Russia’s Victory Day, fueling speculation about his poor health.