POWERFUL weapons, intimidating warships and enormous private wealth are just some of the things the leaders of Russia and North Korea have in common.
Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-Un, due to meet in Russia today, may be in the early stages of forming a new “axis of evil.”
And an expert told The Sun that it could be bad news for the West if the despot friends met in Vladivostok today.
With total assets estimated at over £163 billion, millions of soldiers, thousands of aircraft, warships and tanks and their combined nuclear assets, it could be a truly dangerous alliance.
International relations expert Sergey Radchenko told The Sun yesterday: “The question is whether North Korea is sending weapons to Russia.”
“If so, that would be a relatively important development with implications for the war in Ukraine.”
He acknowledged that while Russia would have to think about how such a move would affect relations with South Korea and China, Putin’s foreign policy had become more radical and the possibility could not be ruled out.
Russia’s Mad Vlad has a collection of fearsome superweapons as well as nearly 6,000 nuclear warheads.
He also previously claimed to have successfully fired an “RS-28 Satan 2” missile, capable of firing up to 12 nuclear warheads simultaneously.
Another addition to Russia’s superweapons stockpile is the SC-X-9 Skyfall, a nuclear-armed cruise missile with “unlimited” range.
One of Vlad’s most fearsome superweapons that can cause disaster is the nuclear-armed submarine drone Poseidon.
The fearsome submarine can cause tidal waves and “radioactive tsunamis” by dropping a nuclear weapon onto the ocean floor.
But perhaps the most dangerous is the powerful Armageddon nuclear missile called Satan-2.
The “unstoppable” intercontinental ballistic missile system could “sink Britain in one fell swoop” and is the size of a 14-story skyscraper.
Russia also has 12,500 tanks, nearly 4,000 MLRS missiles and over 1.3 million soldiers.
Kim-Jong Un’s most dangerous weapon may be the Hwasong-18 intercontinental ballistic missile, which was launched earlier this year.
North Korea has previously fired some of its most powerful missiles in “exercises” to “send a clear message to enemies.”
As part of Kim’s vast nuclear arsenal, North Korea also has 30 warheads and nearly 3,000 MLRS missiles.
In addition, the country has almost 6,500 tanks and over 1.2 million soldiers.
Communist despot Kim Jong-un has spent much of his blood-soaked billions on extreme luxury and weapons over the years, while his North Korean citizens live in poverty and fear.
His fortune is estimated at at least $5 billion (£3.6 billion) and he likes to spend like most billionaires – with fleets of luxury vehicles, a huge property portfolio and the best culinary delights that money can buy illegally imported can.
Even the train Kim supposedly took to Russia was reportedly packed with vintage alcohol and strippers.
He reportedly owns 17 palaces across North Korea, including one with its own 500m airstrip in Wonsan.
In addition to his luxurious 95-foot yacht, he also jets around the country aboard the Air Force Un – a luxury Russian IL-62 jetliner worth millions.
His secret harem of women is itself another source of Kim’s breathtaking magnificence.
In 2016 alone he spent £2.7million on fancy lingerie – including racy corsets and suspenders – imported from China.
Putin is also known for his billion-dollar lifestyle.
Some have suggested the Russian tyrant could be one of the richest men in the world, with a net worth of up to £160 billion.
He is believed to be the owner of a £1bn palace on the Black Sea which has a pool, spa, saunas, bar, theatre, cinema, wine cellar and casino.
Vlad’s palace also includes a guest house, its own gas station, an arboretum, a helipad and, apparently, even a stripper pole.
Putin is also said to own several holiday homes around the Baltic Sea and Lake Ladoga in northern Russia, as well as a huge country estate near Moscow.
He is also the owner of a luxurious 32-meter yacht.
The two bullies also seem to be taking a break from their rules of terror – to pursue their hobbies.
Both are known to use their considerable wealth to enjoy sprawling real estate, extravagant travel, women and luxury goods in their free time.
But one of these bygone times stands out a little from the crowd.
Mad Vlad, who held various positions as President and Prime Minister of Russia for almost 25 years, still made time to ride his horses shirtless during his reign.
In a series of bizarre photos, Kim appeared to recreate the Russian tyrant’s publicity stunt on a horse.
The snaps, released by North Korea’s official news agency, showed the chubby leader climbing up a snow-covered mountain on a white horse.
Secret wives and girlfriends
Additionally, both leaders appear to have kept their relationships largely hidden from the public.
Very little is known about Kim Jong-Un’s wife, Ri Sol-ju.
She was identified as Kim’s wife in 2012 and is said to have been born between 1985 and 1989, so she is between 35 and 40 years old.
They are believed to have three children together, although this is unconfirmed.
Putin is also believed to have kept his partner secret.
The tyrant has been romantically linked to Alina Kabaeva many times over the years.
Born on May 12, 1983 in Uzbekistan, Kabaeva is a 39-year-old Russian politician, media manager and retired rhythmic gymnast.
Rumors of an alleged relationship between Putin and Kabaeva date back more than a decade, when they were first linked in 2008.
Unnamed officials who have attended Putin’s private parties say they have never seen the two together but believe there is a relationship between them and claim that only senior officials in Putin’s security detail are kept in the loop.
In 2016, Kabaeva appeared in public wearing a ring on her ring finger, which she apparently tried to hide from the cameras.