Putin reveals his alarm about bedbugs spreading to Russia in bizarre rant
The Russian leader spoke of his anger over the latest sanctions due to his war with Ukraine - but also, bedbugs.
Vladimir Putin has got a lot on his plate at the moment – Russia continues to struggle in its war with Ukraine and he’s pulled out of a critical nuclear treaty.
But he has revealed he also has other concerns – in particular, the possibility that bedbugs may spread to his country from the West.
A wave of bedbugs in France recently has caused panic after they were spotted on the Paris Metro, in airports and in cinemas.
And in a bizarre rant this week, the Russian leader spoke about the latest sanctions in his country – suggesting this could at least prevent the movement of bedbugs.
Putin said: ‘In their fantasies they reach the point of absurdity.
‘[The West] propose to ban the import of screwdrivers, needles, and so on, into Russia.
‘Well, the less junk, the better, perhaps. There is less chance that bed bugs will be exported to us from large European cities.’
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Telegram channel General SVR claimed his odd outburst was ‘evidence’ the president had been replaced with a body double.
The outlet wrote: ‘The understudy showed himself to be worse than Putin as an “economist” by talking nonsense about “screwdrivers and needles” on which “bed bugs” from Europe could break into Russia.
‘It should be noted that the understudy is incomparably more stupid than the late Putin, which becomes especially noticeable after he receives permission from his curators to express his own opinion on certain issues.
‘The more the understudy opens his mouth when moving away from the written text, the more obvious it is that he is a complete idiot.’
The channel claimed last week that Putin had died at his luxury palace and a doppelgänger had been put in his place.
The Kremlin was as a result forced to publicly deny that Putin was dead.
Russian political analyst Valery Solovey – a former professor at Moscow’s prestigious Institute of International Relations, who is seen by many as a conspiracy theorist – also believes the president is dead.
‘He died in the evening around 8.40pm on Thursday, October 26,’ he told Ukrainian journalist Dmitry Gordon.
‘Now he is in the refrigerator compartment of his residence in Valdai.
‘Humiliating, isn’t it? Well, probably deservedly so.
‘There is no doubt about his physical death. Absolutely none, not the slightest.
‘At the turn of 2019 to 2020, he was diagnosed with a severe form of cancer.
‘Severe and not amenable to long-term remission.
‘In February 2020, Israeli doctors performed an operation on him, and then they determined his survival horizon to be a maximum of one and a half years…’
The stories about bedbugs in France has left Brits convinced they are spotting them everywhere – with TikTokers claiming they were even spotted on the Tube.
But experts say they could not verify the insects in the images were actually bedbugs.
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