A still from a video from RIA Novosti showing the disinfectant tunnel installed at Russian President Vladimir Putin's residence west of Moscow.
RIA Novosti
  • A special disinfection tunnel has been installed at Russian President Vladimir Putin's official residence for those wanting to visit him.
  • State-news agency RIA Novosti released a video on Tuesday showing a man entering the tunnel and being sprayed with a "fine water mist" of antibacterial solution.
  • Putin, 67, is working from his palace in Novo-Ogaryovo, to the west of Moscow as the country's coronavirus cases continue to mount.
  • Members of Putin's inner circle, including his prime minister and spokesman, have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in recent weeks.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has installed in his official countryside residence a special disinfection tunnel, which anyone must walk through and get sprayed with liquid before meeting him.

State news agency RIA Novosti released a video on Tuesday that showed the tunnel in question. The outlet said it sprays a "fine water mist" of antibacterial solution over new arrivals.

Putin is currently working remotely from his palace in Novo-Ogaryovo, to the west of Moscow.

You can watch a second video of the machine here.

The unit is made by the Russian company Mizo Safe, RIA Novosti said. It is not known when the machine was installed.

"The Russian president's residence contacted managers at the MIZOTTY plant," the plant's director Olga Izranova said, according to The Moscow Times.

"We had to deliver and install the equipment under a tight deadline."

Putin, who is 67, has not contracted the virus, despite exposure to several people in his inner circle who have.

Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin tested positive in late April, as did Dmitry Peskov, Putin's spokesman, one day later. In late March, a Russian doctor who shook Putin's hand the week before was diagnosed with the coronavirus.

In April, Peskov said that anyone who wanted to come into face-to-face contact with the President would be tested, according to RIA Novosti.

As of Wednesday, more than 550,000 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Russia. It has a very low official mortality rate, which has led to accusations of a cover-up, including by doctors.

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