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Plot Uncovered To Kill Putin After Elections

From an outraged Associated Press:

Report: Russia, Ukraine foiled plot to kill Putin

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
February 27, 2012

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian and Ukrainian special services have arrested suspects linked to a Chechen rebel leader for allegedly plotting to assassinate Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, state television reported Monday, less than a week before elections he is all but certain to win.

Channel One said the suspects, acting on instructions from Chechen warlord Doku Umarov, were preparing to kill Putin in Moscow immediately after Sunday’s election.

The station said the suspects were arrested in Ukraine’s Black Sea port city of Odessa after an accidental explosion Jan. 4 while they were trying to manufacture explosives at a rented apartment.

The Ukrainian Security Service said on Feb. 7 that it had detained three suspects on terrorist charges in Odessa on Feb. 4, but it said nothing at the time about them being linked an anti-Putin plot. Its spokeswoman, Marina Ostapenko, said Monday that the announcement in Moscow came only now apparently because the Russian special service was conducting its own investigation

Also, the closer to the election this is announced, the more of a sympathy bump Putin will get.

The station said the source for its information was Russia’s Federal Security Service, the main KGB successor agency dealing with domestic security. It was impossible to independently verify the claim.

Why? Isn’t Russia an open society now? (Just kidding, of course.)

Opinion polls show that Putin will likely take a first-round victory in the presidential vote despite a series of mass protests in Moscow against his rule that have undermined his image as a powerful and popular leader. He has managed to recoup some of the losses thanks to blanket daily coverage by state-controlled TV stations that cast him as a defender of Russia against foreign plots.

Putin has counted the victory over Chechen rebels as one of the key achievements of his rule, and the report about the alleged plot is likely to further boost support

What a happy coincidence.

Channel One said two of the alleged members of the group arrived in Ukraine from the United Arab Emirates via Turkey with instructions from Umarov, the top military leader for the Chechen rebels…

The TV station showed some footage of Osmayev’s arrest in Odessa with black-clad special troops bursting in and half-naked, bloodied Osmayev on his knees, his head bowed down.

Speaking to Channel One from custody in Ukraine, Osmayev described the group’s mission: "Our goal was to go to Moscow and try to kill Prime Minister Putin … Our deadline was after the Russian presidential election."

Both of Osmayev’s hands were bandaged, and his face was covered in green dots from an antiseptic used to treat his cuts…

How handy that he confessed on camera, huh?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, February 27th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Plot Uncovered To Kill Putin After Elections”

  1. Gladius et Scutum says:

    After the August 30, 1918 assasination attempt againt Lenin in which he was shot three times by revolutionary socialist Fanya Kaplan, a soviet diplomat wrote to his wife:

    “As it happens, the attempt to kill Lenin has made him much more popular than he was. One hears a great many people, who are far from having any sympathy from the Bolsheviks, saying that it would be an absolute disaster if Lenin had succumbed to his wounds, as it was first thought he would. And they are quite right, for in the midst of all this chaos and confusion, he is the backbone of the new body politic, the main support on which everything rests.”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Lenin

    In an utterly, completely unrelated theme “Farrakhan warns of racial hatred that could lead to attempts to kill President Obama” http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-farrakhan-founders-day-20120227,0,7846023.story


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