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Putin’s bodyguard comes forward with chilling story

 September 12, 2023

A former guard of Russian President Vladimir Putin has shared alarming details about the leader's paranoia and distrust of even his closest aides.

Recently, an interview with Vitaliy Bryzhatiy, a former member of the Federal Protective Service who once guarded Putin's residence in Crimea, has brought to light startling insights about the Russian president's levels of distrust and concern for his own safety, as reported by MSN.

Bryzhatiy speaks out after fleeing Russia

Bryzhatiy has been a part of conversations that provided an inside look into the world of Russian soldiers and the experience of serving Vladimir Putin.

In a recent interview with the independent television channel, Dozhd, Bryzhatiy decided to shed light on the reality of the Kremlin's operations, having guarded Putin's dacha in the wake of Crimea's annexation.

After the controversial invasion of Ukraine by Russia, Bryzhatiy found himself leaving his homeland, searching for refuge and safety away from the political unrest.

Putin's distrust extends to his bodyguards

The depth of Putin's mistrust became evident when Bryzhatiy revealed:

Vladimir Putin doesn't trust anyone, not even the bodyguards who may not know his exact whereabouts. They might be told that the president is resting at a particular location. Everyone runs around, there's confusion, but he could be somewhere else entirely at that time.

Such revelations paint a picture of a Kremlin leader who keeps even those closest to him in the dark about his movements and activities.

Bryzhatiy further said:

The security of the Russian president is at the highest level because he is very concerned about his life.

Inside the Federal Protective Service

Further insights from Bryzhatiy indicated that within the Federal Protective Service, a special unit named SBP, or President's Security Service, exists.

It is apparently this unit that Putin trusts the most. They are responsible for accompanying him on all trips, ensuring his security and safety.

But the intricacies of Putin's security measures don't stop there. Prior to his visits to Crimea, the Russian president's arrival is always simultaneously announced at Sevastopol and Simferopol airports.

Despite these elaborate measures, Putin might choose a completely different method of transportation, opting for sea instead of air, adding another layer of unpredictability to his movements.

More insights into Putin's secluded life

Putin's paranoia and desire for privacy have not only affected his movements but have extended to the construction of his elaborate residences.

Bryzhatiy described Putin's expansive seaside palace in Crimea, which is equivalent in size to a small city, complete with its own helicopter pad and several support buildings.

It is not just Putin's palace that stands out. Nearby, the residences of Dmitry Medvedev, the deputy head of Putin's security council, and the FSB security service chief, Alexander Bortnikov, are situated as well.

This trio of power, with its members' grand homes, symbolizes the dominance they exerted after annexing Crimea in 2014.

Bryzhatiy shed light on how the local inhabitants were affected by the Crimean annexation. The waters near these grand homes were cordoned off, stripping away the rights of locals to access the sea, a resource they once enjoyed freely.

Deepening layers of Putin's secrecy

Local residents are not the only ones who have found themselves in the dark. Putin's staff is regularly kept out of the loop regarding his presence in his expansive palace. Only a select few are trusted by the Russian leader, with Bryzhatiy noting:

People checking the site he is about to visit, or who stay close to him, are sent to quarantine [for as long as 3 weeks]. This is happening on a constant basis, until this very day.

The maze of deception continues, with Bryzhatiy revealing how misinformation about Putin's whereabouts and travel plans are commonly disseminated, emphasizing Putin's deep-seated fears and paranoia.


  • Bryzhatiy revealed Putin's mistrust of even his bodyguards.
  • Within the Federal Protective Service, a special unit named SBP is trusted the most by Putin.
  • Putin's residences symbolize power, especially post Crimea's annexation.
  • Local inhabitants have lost access to resources due to these palatial homes.
  • Even Putin's staff is kept in the dark regarding his presence and movements.