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Putin forced to self-isolate as COVID hits inner circle

Moscow – Russian President Vladimir Putin isolates himself because of coronavirus case in his inner circle, the Kremlin said on Tuesday. The announcement came as the Kremlin read Putin’s phone call with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon.

Putin was fully vaccinated with the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V – he received his second injection in April.

Putin forced to self-isolate as COVID hits inner circle
Russian President Vladimir Putin (center), Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (left) and Chief of General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov visit the Mulino training ground to observe military exercises ” Zapad-2021 “organized by the armed forces of Russia and Belarus in the Nizhny Novgorod region, Russia, on September 13, 2021.

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On Monday, the Russian president attended several public events. He met Russian Paralympians, attended military exercises conducted in coordination with Belarus and met Syrian President Bashar Assad.

When asked if Putin had tested negative for the virus, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov replied: “of course, yes”.

While the Russian leader himself has not tested positive for coronavirus, this is the second time his daily routine has been disrupted by COVID-19.

In the spring of 2020, as the virus raged around the world, Putin worked remotely for several weeks as a few members of his cabinet and his spokesperson. tested positive for COVID-19.

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