Russian security agencies foil plot to assassinate Putin

Russian and Ukrainian special services have arrested a group of suspects accused of attempting to assassinate Vladimir Putin.

Updated: Feb 27, 2012, 19:00 PM IST

Moscow: A plot to assassinate Prime Minister
Vladimir Putin after the March 4 presidential elections has
been foiled by the Russian and Ukranian security agencies by
arresting two Chechen linked suspects, state TV reported.

The two suspects, who were on the verge of carrying out
suicide bomb attacks on the Russian strongman were shown on
television and claimed to be acting on the orders of the
Chechen warlord Doku Umarov.

Channel One television said the two suspects were
arrested from the Ukranian port city of Odessa after an
explosion in their rented apartment while they were trying to
manufacture explosives.

The third suspect, identified as Ruslan Madayev, who was
also in the premises, died during the explosion. One of the
surviving militants named Ilya Pyanzin said that the Chechen
militant leader Umarov, believed to be behind the deadliest
terror attacks in Russia had hired him and other suspects to
target Putin.

Pyanzin said he and Madayev had come from UAE via Turkey
to Ukraine to train on the assassination plan and were ordered
to carry it out in Moscow after March 4 Russian Presidential
elections, which Putin is poised to win.

The security personnel found the assassination plot in
the laptop of the militants.

RIA Novosti quoting Russian Federal Security officials
said some explosives had already been hidden near Kutuzovsky
Prospekt -- the avenue Putin passes daily to reach the
government White House.

PTI