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To Protect Putin From Covid-19, Russia Isolates War Veterans

  • Nearly 80 veterans kept at resort for two weeks before parade
  • Putin kept shielded after top officials fell ill with Covid-19
Vladimir Putin attends a teleconference meeting on May 18.
Vladimir Putin attends a teleconference meeting on May 18.

Photographer: Alexey Nikolsky/AFP via Getty Images

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World War II veterans selected to sit with President Vladimir Putin at next week’s Red Square military parade are being kept in isolation at a health resort as part of measures to protect him from possible exposure to the coronavirus.

Nearly 80 veterans were brought to the resort outside Moscow for 14 days before the June 24 parade, when they’ll be transferred to join Putin on the tribune, said two officials with knowledge of preparations, who asked not to be identified as the information isn’t public.