War in Ukraine: Masseur Putin flees Russia

“Putin’s masseur” fled Russia. It is said that he knew many secrets from the Ukrainian war. One of his sons is now dead.

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the essentials in a nutshell

  • “Putin’s masseur” Konstantin Goloshchapov is considered a close confidant of the Kremlin chief.
  • It is now known that the Russian oligarch fled the country in June.
  • Four days after his escape, one of his sons died.

Konstantin Goloshchapov is considered a close confidant of Vladimir Putin and is known as “Putin’s Masseur”. The 67-year-old oligarch was in the innermost circle of the Russian government for decades. He is considered one of the most influential people in St. Petersburg and also oversees the Russian Orthodox Church.

Everything changed with the war in Ukraine. In June, he fled in his son’s car across the Russian border to Belarus. According to reports in the Russian media, he had previously received a tip that his business should be investigated due to allegations of embezzlement.

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The case of the Russian oligarch is only now being mentioned in the Russian media. They released a photo purporting to show Goloshchapov crossing the border. He makes an “obscene gesture” to the camera.

Mysterious: Four days after his escape, one of his sons died and an investigation was launched into his assets – including shares in the St. Petersburg water and power companies Vodokanal and Lenergo.

According to “Rotonda”, nothing is known about the son’s death. The funeral was also not held in public, as reported by the Russian online platform “The Insider”.

“Strong male friendship” on the judo mat

The explosive thing about the case: Goloshchapov is believed to know many of Vladimir Putin’s secrets. A former Western diplomat from Moscow told the Daily Mail: “He knows many of Putin’s secrets and has been a key figure in Putin’s circles for years.”

The two Russians met long before the war in Ukraine. Even before Putin’s election as president several decades ago. Goloshchapov, like Putin, was active in martial arts. It is said that a “strong male friendship” was formed on the judo mat.

And the nickname “Putin’s Masseur”? The oligarch got it because he allegedly successfully treated the Kremlin boss after an acute back injury with a special massage.

Between 1998 and 2005, Goloshchapov is said to have flown back and forth between St. Petersburg and Moscow about 338 times. He is said to have regularly massaged the back not only of Putin, but also of other high-ranking officials. The shops in the Kremlin area are said to have made him rich.

One can only speculate where Goloshchapov is while the war in Ukraine rages. The 67-year-old holds both Greek and Croatian passports and owns several properties in Croatia, Italy and Finland.

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