Putin “disappears to his secret forest palace” amid anti-war demonstrations in Moscow

Vladimir Putin has taken refuge in his secret “palace” by the lake from the brutal repression of anti-mobilization demonstrations in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Despite denials from the Kremlin, Putin appears to have disappeared to his “secret official dacha” in northern Russia while on vacation.

The residence, nestled in the forests of the Valdai Hills — about halfway between Moscow and St. Petersburg — features a three-story spa complex with a “personal beauty salon,” nicknamed “the temple of his asceticism.”

His furlough comes as more than 700 people were arrested by Russian authorities today during protests against the president-ordered partial mobilization, according to independent monitoring group OVD-Info.

Riots broke out in more than a dozen major cities, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Khabarovsk, Irkutsk, Ulan-Ude, Chita and Ivanovo, after 300,000 Russians were conscripted for cursory military training before being sent to the were sent to Ukraine.

While initial protests by Putin’s well-trained internal security forces were quickly crushed, fresh protests broke out in Moscow this afternoon.

Vladimir Putin has seemingly fled to his

Vladimir Putin has seemingly fled to his “secret official dacha” in northern Russia (pictured) to escape the chaos unleashed by his mobilization announcement

The sprawling lakeside property, seen on drone footage, includes a three-story spa complex (pictured) with a

The sprawling lakeside property, seen on drone footage, includes a three-story spa complex (pictured) with a “personal beauty salon” nicknamed “the temple of his asceticism.”

His furlough comes as more than 700 people were arrested by Russian authorities today during protests against the president-ordered partial mobilization, according to independent monitoring group OVD-Info

His furlough comes as more than 700 people were arrested by Russian authorities today during protests against the president-ordered partial mobilization, according to independent monitoring group OVD-Info

Images show menacing, helmeted riot police manhandling brave men and women who ventured out into the rain to protest Putin’s mobilization.

The protesters have been accused of holding illegal rallies and, in some cases, discrediting Putin’s armed forces, which could result in up to 15 years in prison.

Queues at country borders have sprung up as young men attempt to flee Russia to avoid conscription. European Council President Charles Michel yesterday advised EU members to grant asylum to conscientious objectors leaving Russia to avoid conscription.

Meanwhile, Putin has seemingly cut himself off from the chaos unleashed by his mobilization announcement.

Journalist Farida Rustamova wrote that a trusted source said Putin had been resting “body and soul” at his residence on Lake Valdai in the Novgorod region since last Wednesday evening.

She claimed that pre-recorded videos were released showing him meeting with officials to give the impression he’s busy at work, when in reality he’s “resting” at his four-story mansion.

Images show menacing, helmeted riot police manhandling brave men and women who ventured out into the rain to protest Putin's mobilization

Images show menacing, helmeted riot police manhandling brave men and women who ventured out into the rain to protest Putin’s mobilization

Journalist Farida Rustamova claims that recorded videos were released to give the impression that Putin is busy with work, when in reality he is resting in his four-story mansion

Journalist Farida Rustamova claims that recorded videos were released to give the impression that Putin is busy with work, when in reality he is resting in his four-story mansion

Earlier this week, the President announced a partial mobilization by Russia, a significant escalation in the war against Ukraine

Earlier this week, the President announced a partial mobilization by Russia, a significant escalation in the war against Ukraine

The sprawling lakeside property seen on drone footage includes a stable, golf course, mini-golf course, VIP restaurant with cinema, bowling, billiards room and even a mini-casino.

The existence of the secret abode was revealed last year by the anti-corruption team working with his imprisoned nemesis Alexei Navalny.

Mr. Navalny’s team also claimed that the facility has its own dental office and a fully equipped cosmetology office.

The three-story spa complex includes a cold chamber for extreme cold therapy and a mud bath in a 7,000-square-foot relaxation facility.

There’s also a dedicated swimming pool — a large bath with very salty water that keeps you on the surface when you lie in it — a 25-meter pool surrounded by hot tubs and saunas, and a Thai massage platform.

It is also reportedly equipped with Putin’s special massage chair, illuminated by a special infrared lamp.

The sprawling lakeside property seen on drone footage includes a stable, golf course, mini-golf course, VIP restaurant with cinema, bowling, billiards room and even a mini-casino

The sprawling lakeside property seen on drone footage includes a stable, golf course, mini-golf course, VIP restaurant with cinema, bowling, billiards room and even a mini-casino

The existence of the mansion on Lake Valdai in the Novgorod region was revealed last year by the anti-corruption team, which worked with his jailed nemesis Alexei Navalny last year

The existence of the mansion on Lake Valdai in the Novgorod region was revealed last year by the anti-corruption team, which worked with his jailed nemesis Alexei Navalny last year

The house is close to important Orthodox churches that the 69-year-old Putin is said to have visited in other times of crisis during his more than two-decade tenure.

His draft order earlier this week has not only sparked nationwide protests, but also drunken disobedience and brawls among those drafted into Ukraine’s meat grinder.

Videos show reluctant conscripts at recruiting offices and staging posts, banging the bottle and getting senseless drunk while military commanders try to tidy them up before boarding buses and planes.

Such is Putin’s desperation for fresh cannon fodder that he even tries to call Russians who have already died, including a man who died in December 2020 at the age of 40 from a ventilator in a hospital in his Siberian hometown of Ulan-Ude, at its peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, flights from Russia are sold out and border crossings to nearby Armenia, Georgia and Kazakhstan are blocked for up to 30 hours as enterprising Russians switch to scooters to beat the queues of Putin’s totalitarian nightmare.

Walking to the border point isn’t allowed, but scooters are allowed so far, and local entrepreneurs are selling them to Russians trying to flee Putin’s conscription.

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Emma Colton

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