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Putin’s doomsday bunker

May 17, 2023
Hello, Insiders. I’m Jennifer H. Cunningham, editor in chief of the news division. We’ve obtained Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plans for an underground, bomb-proof bunker beneath his palatial dacha on the Black Sea. That’s today’s big story.


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Putin’s bunker

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You would think that the architects who designed Vladimir Putin’s palace thought of everything. 

The 190,000-square-foot, billion-dollar complex, perched above the Black Sea, has every luxury that an autocrat could possibly desire. As revealed by Alexei Navalny’s investigation, the palace has its own church, wine cellar, casino, hookah lounge, ice rink, and more.

But as Mattathias Schwartz and Anastasiia Carrier report for Insider, the palace’s builders appear to have neglected one crucial detail: They failed to hide plans showing two elaborate tunnels running beneath the palace complex.

The plans — emblematic of Putin’s obsession with survival — were first posted publicly to the Russian internet. They show tunnels encased in thick concrete, supplied with enough fresh water, ventilation, and extensive cables to support VIP occupants for days or weeks at a time.

Today, Insider is publishing annotated versions of the diagrams with English-language translations.


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This edition was curated by Jennifer H. Cunningham, and edited by Hallam Bullock, Lisa Ryan, Diamond Naga Siu, and J.R. Stacey. Get in touch:

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