Visitors allowed to access Russian President Vladimir Putin are first sprayed with product in a disinfection airlock

In this pandemic period, Vladimir Putin is even more protected than usual, while Russia officially counted more than 553,000 cases of coronavirus and 7,478 deaths on Wednesday. To protect the head of state from Covid-19 contamination, visitors must pass through a device that sprays disinfectant on all sides, according to a video published on Tuesday evening on Twitter by journalists from the agency. public Ria Novosti covering the Russian presidency.

Vladimir Putin has worked mainly since the start of the pandemic in his residence in Novo-Ogariovo, near Moscow. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that “such disinfection devices are also installed in the Kremlin, there are even two there.”

According to the authorities of the Penza region, where the device was manufactured, this airlock “ensures the security of the Head of State and all those who visit him”.

Temperature control and facial recognition

The manufacturer of the machine specializes in automated cleaning devices for industries. The device installed at Novo-Ogariovo is also capable of measuring the temperature of visitors and is equipped with facial recognition technology, according to the manufacturer.

According to the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin is regularly tested as are those who are in contact with him. Visitors must be screened before meeting it.

Despite the measures, many senior Russian officials have been infected with the coronavirus such as the Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri Peskov, Prime Minister Mikhail Michoustin, several ministers and deputies. In March, Vladimir Putin had shaken hands and been in close contact, without a mask, with the chief doctor of one of the main hospitals treating coronavirus patients. The doctor, Denis Protsenko, had announced shortly after being reached by the disease.