Vladimir Putin’s nuclear ‘doomsday plane’ broken into and robbed of equipment

Vladimir Putin’s plane that will be used in the event of a nuclear attack was broken into a stripped of its equipment.

The Russian Ilyushin-80 was undergoing maintenance at Tagnarog airfield in southern Russia when the cargo hatch was broken into.

According to the Moscow Times, an estimated $13,600 worth of equipment was stolen, including 39 electrical units.

Russian military investigators believe the gear was stolen because some of it contained gold and platinum material.

Putin’s spokesman, Dimitry Peskov, said Russia was treating the break-in as an "emergency situation."

He also promised "measures will be taken to prevent this from happening in the future," it has been reported.

Authorities are conducting a thorough investigation into the ransacking and a dozen people have so far been questioned, REM-TV reported.

It is unclear who is responsible for the breach but detectives aren't ruling out officials with access to the airfield.

Taganrog, nearly 700 miles south of Moscow, is home to Beriev Aircraft Company, a beleaguered state-controlled enterprise.

  • Thieves raid Putin's nuclear war 'Doomsday' plane and make off with valuable equipment

Putin's doomsday plan was modified from a Soviet jet airliner during the late Cold War.

It is understood to have first been flown in 1985.

The aircraft was first used as an aerial command post for top officials to control their troops during a crisis.

It is one of four planes that were built to withstand electromagnetic pulses and have few windows to shield its passengers from a nuclear explosion, the Moscow Times said.

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