UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Russian president spoke of a secret plan according to which he would have been charged with replacing him during potentially dangerous events.
The Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke Thursday a secret plan that it would have been double charged to replace it during potentially dangerous events, but he preferred to oppose it.
“Are you the real one (Putin)?” Asked a reporter from the TASS public agency. “Yes,” replied the president, during a series of interviews organized for his 20 years in power.
The question referred to numerous queries on online search engines asking if Putin had a doppelganger, a very common conspiracy theory. “I refused to have duplicates,” said Putin, nevertheless confirming that this possibility had been offered to him.
“It was at the hardest times in the fight against terrorism”, in the early 2000s, he said, a time when Russia was at war with an Islamist independence movement in Chechnya and the Caucasus.
After his appointment as Prime Minister in late 1999, Vladimir Putin launched the second Chechen War which led to the Russian army’s reconquest of this former Soviet territory.
However, this victory was followed by a deadly wave of attacks and hostage-taking by Caucasian Islamists.
“So your double would have gone where it was dangerous?” Asked the TASS reporter.
“He would have gone there, yes, he would have appeared there,” agreed Putin.
Conspiracy theories have been circulating on the Internet for a long time, claiming that the real Putin is dead and has been replaced by a lookalike.
Among the justifications evoked: the face visibly little affected by the leader’s age of 67 years or his sometimes hesitant knowledge of German, while Vladimir Putin worked in East Germany as a KGB agent, the secret services Soviet.
In 2015, the master of the Kremlin had disappeared from public space for 10 days, which had sparked his lot of speculation.
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