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Evacuation Professor claims Putin has moved family to 'special bunker' in case of nuclear war

'This bunker is located in the Altai Republic. In fact, it is not a bunker, but a whole underground city, equipped with the latest science and technology'

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Vladimir Putin (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo/AP)

Vladimir Putin (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo/AP)

Vladimir Putin (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo/AP)

Vladimir Putin has hidden his family in an “underground city” in Siberia, according to a Russian professor.

Political scientist Valery Solovey said that the bunker is located in the Altai Mountains and is designed to protect its occupants in the event of a nuclear war.

In a video, Mr Solovey said: “At the weekend, President Putin’s family was evacuated to a special bunker prepared in case of nuclear war.

“This bunker is located in the [mountainous] Altai Republic. In fact, it is not a bunker, but a whole underground city, equipped with the latest science and technology.

“I hope this means something to you? That the President sends his family to this bunker.”

Mr Solovey, who claims to have insider contacts in the Kremlin, did not identify any of Putin’s family members.

The Russian president has two adult daughters: geneticist Maria Vorontsova (36) and Katerina Tikhonova (35), a dancer-turned-mathematician.

He is also reported to have an 18-year-old daughter named Luiza Rozova, also known as Elizaveta Krivonogikh, from a previous relationship with Svetlana Krivonogikh.

It has previously been alleged that Olympic Gold-winning rhythmic gymnast Alina Kabaeva (38) is Putin's secret wife.

It comes as the casualty toll rose in Russian missile strikes in Kharkiv, Ukrainian officials said.

The attack targeted the central square and the main administration building in Ukraine’s second-largest city.

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“At least 10 people were killed and more than 20 were injured,” the regional emergency services said in a statement.

Russia has denied targeting civilian areas despite missiles hitting residential neighbourhoods.

Meanwhile, a 40-mile convoy of Russian tanks and other military vehicles headed for Kyiv in an attempt to take control of the city.

Satellite images showed armoured vehicles, tanks, artillery and support vehicles lining up 17 miles from the centre of the city, covering the entire road from near Antonov airport outside Kyiv to the town of Prybirsk.

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