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#1 6 years ago

BBC News - Putin assassination plot foiled: Russian officials

Putin assassination plot foiled: Russian officials

Ukrainian security services have thwarted a plot to kill Russian PM Vladimir Putin, Russian officials say.

Two suspects were detained in the Ukrainian port of Odessa, Russia's state-owned Channel One TV reports.

The arrested men were both shown on TV admitting their involvement in the plot, after an explosion at a flat in January in which one suspect died.

A Ukrainian official confirmed to Reuters news agency the arrests were linked to a plot to kill Mr Putin.

When contacted earlier by the BBC, the spokeswoman had initially refused to corroborate the Russian TV report that linked the detention of two men to a conspiracy.

The Russian prime minister's press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, told the BBC "this was absolutely a plot to kill the prime minister."

The attack was to happen after next Sunday's presidential vote, the report said.

Mr Putin is expected to win the election and get a third term as president.

The BBC's Daniel Sandford in Moscow said the two men were both shown on Russian TV, one being interrogated and the other giving an interview.

In the footage, both admit plotting to attack Mr Putin. One, identified by Ria Novosti as Ilya Pyanzin, said he had been hired by Chechen militant leader Doku Umarov to carry out the killing and also by Ruslan Madayev, the suspect who died in the Odessa explosion.

The other suspect was named by Channel One as Adam Osmayev, said to have been on an international wanted list since 2007.

The plotters were planning to plant mines on Kutuzovsky Avenue in Moscow, used by Mr Putin on a daily basis, the report said.

Russian media report that Mr Pyanzin was arrested in the Odessa flat where the explosion happened. He told police that he and Madayev had flown to Ukraine from the United Arab Emirates via Turkey, with precise instructions from representatives of Doku Umarov.

According to the reports, details of the plot were found on laptops in the flat, along with a video showing Mr Putin's motorcade.

Mr Osmayev was reported to be the local fixer in Odessa and the instructor for the plotters, and had lived for a long time in London.

Analysis - Daniel Sandford BBC News, Moscow

This alleged plot is rapidly turning into a confused mess.

Vladimir Putin's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov told me it was "absolutely" a plot to kill the prime minister. But the Ukrainian security service, which is holding the suspects, will not confirm that.

Spokeswoman Maryna Ostapenko told the BBC that they did arrest some people in January after an apartment explosion.

But when we asked her if it was part of a plot to assassinate Mr Putin, she said: "I don't know what to say."

Hardly a ringing endorsement of the assassination story.

Imagine a situation where, for example, Britain was holding someone for attempting to kill the French prime minister. It is inconceivable that weeks later the British police would not confirm that.

It has seriously undermined the original Channel One report, and Vladimir Putin's press secretary.

As the bit at the end points out though, there's been some confusion over the timing of the plot and the circumstances of the announcement of charges, and the relationship between the Ukrainian police with their Russian counterparts in these arrests, and what news the both are describing it as. There's also the bit about the Russian Presidential elections being right around the corner, which I guess might scream to some people some other intent.

I wonder though if possibly the issue with terrorists in the Caucasus would be brought further to center stage?




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The timing and the fact that their confession was shown on TV seems more than a little suspicious. Also strange that the Chechen terrorists would switch their strategy from bombing easy targets to killing Putin.

But I suppose it is possible. Maybe there was a genuine plot and the FSB just waited for the right moment to publish the news.




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#3 6 years ago

MrFancypants;5616021The timing and the fact that their confession was shown on TV seems more than a little suspicious. Also strange that the Chechen terrorists would switch their strategy from bombing easy targets to killing Putin.

But I suppose it is possible. Maybe there was a genuine plot and the FSB just waited for the right moment to publish the news.

I agree, it's plausible but at the very least the timing is suspicious.