Putin’s limo is just like Biden’s Beast and can withstand bomb attacks
March 29, 2022
The question on everyone’s minds is whether Vladimir Putin is compensating for something with his 23ft long James Bond-like car.
Russia’s leader is famous for his expensive taste, and his £300,000 bling watches and a £2,000 silk and cashmere tracksuit have made headlines in the past.
So far, it is unclear whether the hi-tech Aurus Kortezh limousine he uses, rumoured to cost around £150million, is part of this luxurious lifestyle or perhaps a security measure.
Some of the car’s most impressive features include run-flat tyres, night-vision cameras, 6cm reinforced glass, an air compression system, armour plating and an emergency exit through the boot.
The seven-seater car can also withstand chemical gas attacks and bombings, and is able to be fully submerged in water, according to the Mirror.
The commercial sale of Kortezh models, designed and manufactured in Russia, began a year later.
It was unveiled during Putin’s fourth inauguration in May 2018, replacing the Mercedes-Benz S 600 Guard Pullman.
The war in Ukraine has attracted heavy criticism in Russia, including from some of his closest allies, who believe it will have ‘catastrophic’ consequences for the economy.
His impressive car might prove useful to him, as experts suggest the likelihood of assassination attempts are growing as the Kremlin cracks down on protest and opposition.
Just days ago, Metro.co.uk also reported Putin is at risk of a coup by his own security service, according to a whistleblower at the heart of Russian intelligence.
Activist Vladimir Osechkin, who the source spoke to, said: ‘For 20 years Putin created stability in Russia.
‘Federal Security Services officers, policemen, state prosecutors – those people inside the system – were able to live good lives.
‘But now that has all gone. They recognise that this war is a catastrophe for the economy – for humanity. They don’t want to go back to the Soviet Union.’
Today’s renewed peace talks between the two countries taking place in Turkey has brought security concerns of its own.
It comes after the suspected poisoning of Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich and two Ukrainian officials on March 3.
It is as yet unclear who could be behind the incident but if the Kremlin is not the culprit, this can only heighten Putin’s paranoia.