VLADIMIR Putin lives in constant fear of an assassination attempt and doesn’t trust his own things, according to a former guard.
Vitaly Brizhatiy is said to be a member of Putin’s security detail at a previously unknown residence of Vlad in Crimea.
Brizhatiy spoke to one of the few independent Russian television channels and gave an insight into the increasingly paranoid Vlad.
The former guard who was reportedly in charge of the dogs at Vlad’s estate fled Russia and now lives in Ecuador.
He claimed that the dictator and his cronies used a series of coastal palaces in southern Crimea.
Putin annexed the peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 – and retaking the region is an important war goal for Kiev.
Satellite photos from 2018 show a number of villas in the area he describes – including properties with pools and a helipad.
The homes also appear to have tennis courts and private docks.
Brizhatiy describes the properties as “holiday villas” that Putin used with his friends, warmongering former prime minister Dmitry Medvedev and FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov.
“After the occupation of Crimea, the sea at their dachas was closed,” Brizhatiy said.
“Now local people have no access to the sea.”
The chief guard dog handler explained how [Putin’s] His presence in the sprawling palace “remains hidden even from his own staff.
You’re told he’s there, but maybe he’s not there…
“He doesn’t trust his own people.
“He only trusts a select circle of close people….
“People who check the website he wants to visit or who are near him will be sent to quarantine [for as long as 3 weeks].
“It happens all the time, to this day.”
When he arrives, false information is regularly spread about the airport he will be traveling to – and he could then arrive by sea.
Brizhatiy said: “This is how a person fears for his life.”
These lavish homes remained hidden from ordinary Russians, but they are unlikely to be used by Putin and his cronies now that they are within range of Ukrainian drones and missiles.
The dictator is now believed to prefer his bunkered palaces deeper in Russia.
His Crimean hideout is in Olyva – south of Sevastopol, which is regularly attacked by Ukraine – on a coast favored by the Russian tsars.
Brizhatiy’s wife is from Crimea and they fled abroad after Putin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
It is widely reported that Putin is becoming increasingly paranoid and fears for his life as his war in Ukraine continues to fail.
He is said to have survived six assassination attempts since his time in office.
And his public appearances are becoming increasingly rare and staged.
Ukrainian drones penetrate deep into crime and into Russia – all the way to Moscow.
Putin reportedly became increasingly reliant on his network of bunkers, even traveling by train to avoid the risk of being shot down.
His power was also brazenly challenged when the Wagner Group marched on Moscow – before its leader died in a mysterious plane crash.
Dozens of prominent Russians have been killed in Ukraine since the war, and Vlad is said to have been involved in some of them as he secured power and eliminated all rivals.
Putin’s once-unquestionable control is coming apart at the seams as his troops suffer humiliation on the Ukrainian battlefield.
It is widely reported that Vlad’s greatest fear is being killed like Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, who suffered public torture, brutalization and execution by a mob.
It is an event that is said to have instilled in Putin a deep fear of rebellion and paranoia about his own fate.
It is believed that Vlad saw this as a direct warning shot to his own regime.
All the gruesome final moments of the Libyan dictator’s life were broadcast worldwide, which is said to have deeply disturbed Vlad.
According to The Atlantic, he watched the video “obsessively,” sparking years of paranoia that a similar fate would one day befall him.
The NATO-led intervention in Libya laid the foundation for the war criminal’s violent death, and the Russian despot used it as an important lesson in Western engagement.
Putin angrily condemned the UN’s decision to launch military action as a betrayal, comparing the resolution to a “medieval call to the Crusades.”
However, he was forced to watch helplessly and anxiously from the sidelines after briefly stepping down from president to prime minister between 2008 and 2012.
At a press conference in 2011, Putin even directly referenced the disturbing footage.
“Almost the entire Gaddafi family was killed, his body was shown on every television channel in the world, it was impossible to watch without disgust.
“The man was completely covered in blood, he was still alive and he was finished.”
Russian journalist Mikhail Zygar wrote in his book “All The Kremlin’s Men” that Putin learned a powerful lesson on the day of Gaddafi’s death – weakness and compromise were not an option.
He wrote: “When he [Gaddafi] was a pariah, no one touched him. But as soon as he opened he was not only overthrown but killed in the street like a mangy old mutt.
Putin’s enemy Yuri Felshtinsky previously told The Sun Online that Putin was terrified that a similar bitter end awaited him if he ever loosened his grip.
“He is smart enough to know that his system of government cannot exist under normal rules. He’s not an idealist,” he said.
The Russian leader spent his two decades in power tightening his iron grip by changing electoral laws and crushing all opposition.