Putin puts up ‘air defences close to his secret forest palace? to protect him and his family (photos)

Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, has erected significant air defences near his hidden forest palace to “defend him and his family” from long-range Ukrainian strikes.

The air defence system reportedly includes a “personal rocket launcher put up for Putin and his relatives,” according to the independent Russian news source Agentstvo Novosti.

The outlet’s photos show a Pantsir-S1 air defence system built close to the presidential hideout at Valdai in the Novgorod region, along with three soldiers standing nearby and a rotating radar tower.

‘These air defence systems protect President Vladimir Putin and his family from a possible Ukrainian strike,’ said the report.

‘This conclusion can be drawn after the air defence system appeared near the Valdai presidential residence.

‘There are simply no other sites for protection there, except for the residence.’

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The Russian president’s lover, Alina Kabaeva, 39, reportedly likes their forest home, with Putin’s inner circle saying he ‘loves’ it.

The couple are believed to have a young family that are kept secret from the rest of Russia.

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Putin’s Valdai palace, includes a ‘personal beauty parlour’ and a ‘fully equipped cosmetologist’s office. It also has a dentist office  according to jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s team.

It is not the only place where Putin has deployed major weapons for his protection, as last week a Pantsir-S1 complex was revealed six miles from his official residence near Moscow.

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Putin’s lakeside estate seen on drone footage includes a stable, golf course, mini-golf course, VIP restaurant with a cinema, bowling, billiard room and even a mini-casino.

It is dubbed Putin’s ‘most secret official dacha’, or second home.

The Russian’s decision to install missile defence at key locations follows Ukraine’s use of long range repurposed Soviet era drones to strike at Engels-2 in Saratov region in December, killing three.

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