By Chris King •
Updated: 07 Jun 2022 • 15:52
According to a report by Craig Copetas, a contributing editor to the Daily Beast, the Russian President Vladimir Putin has become so paranoid behind closed doors that he allegedly replaced his entire personal staff of around 1,000 people.
He recently appeared on television to denounce all Russians who might oppose his invasion of Ukraine as ‘traitors’, and ‘scum’. Even so, it is believed that Putin is becoming increasingly afraid of an attempt on his life from within his circle of power.
“Laundresses, secretaries, cooks – to a whole new group of people. The assessment from the intelligence community is that he’s scared”, alleged Copetas. Putin is thought to be employing food tasters before ever eating any food given to him. He became so paranoid last month that he reportedly replaced approximately 1,000 of his personal staff.
Poisoning has become synonymous with the Russian leader in recent years as a method of assassination. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny claimed to have been targeted in a poisoning attempt, but survived. He is now languishing in a Russian prison after Putin had him arrested and tried.
Alexander Litvinenko, another of Putin’s critics, is also thought to have been a target of poisoning by Russian security forces. He had been a member of the FSB security services in Moscow, before defecting to Britain in 2000, where he became a consultant for the British intelligence services.
On November 1, 2006, he fell ill after drinking from a pot of tea believed to have been spiked with polonium-210. He died as a result of the alleged poisoning on November 23.
Another notorious incident involved former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, who suffered an alleged poisoning attempt in the English city of Salisbury on March 4, 2018. This saw him and his daughter Yulia both admitted to hospital in a critical condition.
A Russian-developed Novichok nerve agent was discovered on the door handle of his home in an investigation by the British intelligence service, who described it as a murder attempt, as reported by insideedition.com.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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