| 9 December 2023, Saturday |

Putin filmed in China accompanied by officers with Russian nuclear briefcase

On Wednesday, a unique video clip featuring Russian President Vladimir Putin in Beijing with officers bearing the ‘nuclear briefcase,’ which has the ability to launch a nuclear attack, was released.

Following a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, Putin was seen on camera making his way to another meeting amid security, trailed by two uniformed Russian naval men who were each carrying a briefcase. One of the briefcases is the focus of a close-up shot.

Russia’s nuclear briefcase is traditionally carried by a naval officer. Known as the “Cheget” (named after Mount Cheget in the Caucasus Mountains), the briefcase is with the president at all times but is rarely filmed.

“There are certain suitcases without which no trip of Putin’s is complete,” the Kremlin correspondents of state news agency RIA said in a post on Telegram under the footage.

In another clip, Putin walks out of a meeting in Beijing with the naval officers again filmed just a few paces from Putin who grins as he walks down some stairs.

  • Reuters