Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo: Getty Images

The RA-96022 aircraft, used by Russian President Vladimir Putin, left Moscow this Saturday (24) towards Saint Petersburg, according to the FlightRadar24 monitoring website.

According to the monitoring platform, the presidential plane left Moscow in the early afternoon, at around 2:44 pm (8:44 am GMT). The aircraft is being monitored by nearly 50,000 people on the platform.

The escape comes as the Wagner Group, Russia’s biggest mercenary company, tries to reach the capital after accusing the Russian Defense Ministry of bombing the Kremlin’s own units in Ukraine.

Putin’s aircraft route points to St. Petersburg. Photo: Flightradar24h

The Kremlin, however, denied that the Russian leader had fled. “The president is in the Kremlin [a sede do governo] working normally,” government spokesman Dmitri Peskov told state news agency Ria Novosti.

Putin has set up an “anti-terrorist operation regime” in the Moscow region after the paramilitary group claimed to have captured the military territories of the southern city of Rostov.

In a televised address, the Russian president called the paramilitary group’s mutiny a “stab in the back” and promised punishment for those responsible for the riot.

“It is a blow to Russia, to our people. And our actions to defend the Motherland against such a threat will be tough, ”he declared.

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