Plot to assassinate Russia’s Vladimir Putin revealed

Posted Feb 27, 2012 by Lynn Herrmann
Less than a week before Russia’ presidential elections, reports are surfacing the country’s intelligence agencies have acted in response to a plot at assassinating Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
Vladimir Putin  President of Russia
Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
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Early Monday, Russia’s state-run Channel One broadcaster reports a group of would-be assassins were arrested in the southern city of Odessa, located in the Ukraine. There are conflicts as to the actual arrest date, however.
The state-controlled station said the date of arrest was Jan. 4, but Ukranian security services, making no mention of an assassination plot, said the arrests were on Feb. 4, the New York Times reports.
The assassination plot was discovered after an explosion at an Odessa apartment building killed one man, leaving two survivors. One of the survivors, Adam Osmayev, said the assassination plot had been well-planned.
“The final goal was to go to Moscow and attempt to carry out an attack on Prime Minister Putin,” he said in a police interview, according to the Times. “There are combat mines, which are called armor-piercing mines. So it wouldn’t necessarily be a suicide bomber. The man who died, for instance, was ready to be a suicide bomber.”
The group had been studying travel routes of Putin’s drivers in Moscow. The attack was staged to occur before the March 4 presidential elections.
Seeking a return to the office he held for two consecutive terms between 2000 and 2008, Putin became the country’s prime minister when Dmitry Medvedev succeeded him as president.
“This is a sign that the real leaders of Mr. Putin’s political structure, the people from the Federal Security Service, are trying to mobilize public opinion according to the logic that we are surrounded by enemies and that we have one decisive, effective and intelligent national leader that they want to destroy,” said Dmitri Oreshkin, a political analyst, on radio station Echo Moskvy, the Times reports.