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Putin worried about alcohol addiction of Russia's top leadership

Thursday, 15 September 2022, 11:40
Putin worried about alcohol addiction of Russia's top leadership


Russian President Vladimir Putin is worried about the problem of alcohol abuse among his "inner circle" and the top leadership of the Russian Federation, which he claims has become particularly acute since February this year.

Source: Latvia-based Russian media outlet Meduza, referring to several sources close to the administration of the President of Russia


Details: According to two sources, Putin has begun to pay special attention to the problem of alcohol abuse, because amid the war against Ukraine, Russian officials have started drinking much more often. In particular, the President of the Russian Federation is particularly concerned about the condition of some people in his "inner circle".

Quote: "People have been relieving stress like this since February. Ministers, their deputies, even some vice prime ministers, employees of the presidential administration and the Security Council, some heads of state corporations, and governors."

More details: According to one of Meduza’s sources, the main cause of the "stress" is the damage caused to Russia due to the invasion of Ukraine, including sanctions: "They sat down [in February - ed.] for a glass. Some of them got sucked into it."

However, two sources claim that Russia’s problems on the front are not affecting the attitude of officials to alcohol, because they have "their own problems and their own war" there.

According to Meduza, the Russian president has begun to worry about alcohol abuse because discipline among senior Russian leaders and officials has started to suffer: "Some of them disappear before an important event; some report in a vague and confusing manner. The general public can see this."

According to the publication's sources, Putin is not about to fire the culprits just yet.

Reminder: Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, recently called the recommendations of the Kyiv Security Compact "apocalyptic", saying "everything around will catch fire and the earth will burn".

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