Swede accidentally receives Vladimir Putin's mail

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Swede accidentally receives Vladimir Putin's mail
Vladimir Putin does not live in Trelleborg, southern Sweden, but one of his letters still ended up there. Photo: Mikhail Klimentyev/AP & Emil Langvad/TT

A man in southern Sweden received an unusual surprise on Monday when postal workers somehow managed to confuse him with Vladimir Putin, delivering mail addressed to the Russian President through the Swede's mailbox.


The letter, addressed to "President Vladimir Putin, Ilinka 23, Moscow, Russia, 103132" only shares one similarity with the address in Trelleborg it was delivered to – the door number 23.

The man who received it, going only by his first name Per, told local newspaper Trelleborgs Allehanda that he doesn't think the letter is a practical joke from friends as it was stamped as being sent from Hallsberg, a town hundreds of kilometres away from his.

"What are Postnord playing at? Someone surely must have seen this letter, at the minimum the person who delivered it. Why has it been sent out then?" he told the newspaper.

For those wondering just how wrong Swedish-Danish postal service Postnord got it: Trelleborg is about 1,532 kilometres from Moscow, as the crow flies.

Trelleborg is a fair distance from Moscow. Photo: screengrab from

Postnord’s theory is that one of their sorting machines made an error, which can sometimes happen when they do not correctly understand the address on an envelope.

Per meanwhile insisted that he hasn't opened the letter, even if he is curious as to what may be inside.


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