Throughout his long and oppressive reign, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been accused (often for good reason) of absolutely everything, including on one occasion – paedophilia.
In 2019 before his aggressive invasion of Ukraine, Putin was embarrassed to see himself linked to two paedophiles within his own United Russian Party.
It emerged that two cronies of Putin, Vitaly Kurskov and Igor Poplevko were accused of 78 counts of rape, sexual violence and making sick films involving male and female children.
The two men were convicted of committing rape and sexual abuse against minors and producing child pornography and were immediately expelled from the party.
In 2019, Vitaly Kurskov and Igor Poplevko were jailed for 24 years and 16 years respectively.
But it's not just Putin's cronies that have been accused of sexual misconduct, he too has been branded a paedophile in his time.
And as you'd expect it didn't end well for those accusing Vlad of that most heinous of crimes.
Famously Ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, who was murdered by polonium-210 poisoning in London, claimed that President Vladimir Putin was filmed having sex with boys in his Moscow flat.
Shortly before Mr Litvinenko died, in November 2006, he wrote a post on the web, which was recorded in Sir Robert Owen's inquiry into the man's assassination.
In the post, he also claimed that Putin was a “paedophile”, and that videos of him “making sex with some underage boys” existed.
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According to Sir Robert, Mr Litvinenko, talking about when Putin was photographed kissing the stomach of a young boy in 2006, claimed in broken English: “The world public is shocked.
“Nobody can understand why the Russian president did such a strange thing as kissing the stomach of an unfamiliar small boy."
Mr Litvinenko went on to claim that while preparing to become president, he attempted to hunt down and destroy “any compromising materials collected against him”, including the alleged videotapes of him having sex with “underage boys”.
According to several reports, the Russian government slammed the report containing the allegations as “Western propaganda”.
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