Russian President Vladimir Putin has not come out of isolation, despite the coronavirus vaccine he received in April, Proekt reports, citing sources close to the Kremlin.
Putin, according to them, has not changed and does not plan to change the working regime that has been established since the beginning of the pandemic – with quarantine for people meeting with him and events by video link.
Although Putin, in his own words, passed an antibody test, which showed a “positivity rate of 15”, people in contact with the head of state must still be in quarantine for up to two weeks.
For example, the Hermitage staff were locked up before Putin’s visit on April 27 (five weeks after the vaccination), a museum employee told The Project. This also affected the people who contacted the President at the Victory Parade: protocol officers and photographers spent two weeks in the President Hotel.
No changes are expected in the near future. All journalists and employees of the Kremlin administration who will contact the president at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in early June, as before, will go to quarantine in advance. According to an employee of one of the media, they will be isolated from the 20th of May.
Most of the operational meetings Putin will continue to hold by video link – this is how the Security Council and the Victory organizing committee will meet in May, the source of the Project claims.
The vast majority of Putin’s meetings at the end of April took place in the same format. The face-to-face events were accompanied by a 2-week quarantine for the participants.
Most likely, Putin will live in isolation for a long time to come, says a Project source close to the presidential administration.
Putin himself said last week that Russian vaccines are “hopeful, like a Kalashnikov assault rifle,” and on Monday announced a “stable situation” with the coronavirus in the country. “We have everything on the shelf, it does not rise, it keeps at the level at which it developed over the previous period,” the president said.
He added that a total of 21.5 million people have already been vaccinated in the country. “Just as in my previous speeches, I would like to urge people to get vaccinated without wasting time,” Interfax quotes Putin.