icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm
4 Jan, 2022 14:44

Putin wasn't wearing ‘bulletproof vest’ – Kremlin

Moscow responded to two online theories about the president's New Year message
Putin wasn't wearing ‘bulletproof vest’ – Kremlin

The Kremlin has dismissed as “complete nonsense” online claims that President Vladimir Putin used old footage in his traditional New Year’s message last weekend, and was secretly wearing a bulletproof vest during the broadcast.

Spokesman Dmitry Peskov joked that the Twitter users who circulated the assertions may have overindulged on the festive boozing. 

“It’s complete nonsense,” he told the Daily Storm on Monday, adding that some people online “clearly had a few” while seeing in the new year.

Peskov was commenting on rumors around Putin’s brief annual end-of-the-year address, shown on national TV on December 31 shortly before midnight, as is customary. In a six-minute video, Putin appeared standing outdoors, with the Kremlin and Moscow’s iconic domed St. Basil’s Cathedral seen in the background.

The ‘bulletproof vest’ speculations apparently originated from several Russian-speaking Twitter users who were discussing Putin’s coat. Another person online suggested the video contained background shots of the Kremlin and the cathedral that were supposedly shown in the previous year's message.

Lyubov Sobol, a close associate of jailed Western-backed opposition figure Alexey Navalny, was among those who tweeted in support of both claims.