Russian TV claims Putin assassination plot foiled
A group in Odessa, Ukraine, has confessed to a plot to kill Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, according to a state-run TV report.
February 27th, 2012
04:39 AM ET

Russian TV claims Putin assassination plot foiled

A plot to assassinate Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has been foiled, Russia's state-run Channel One TV reported Monday, less than a week before presidential elections that Putin is expected to win.

Citing unnamed sources, the report said a group of plotters was arrested in the Ukrainian city of Odessa in early January and, after weeks of questioning, confessed to planning to kill the Russian leader.

The TV report included what it said was a confession by a fixer associated with the two men who were seized in Odessa.

"The final task was to go to Moscow and carry out an assassination attempt on the premier Putin," the man, Adam Osmayev, said.

The plot allegedly involved a plan for a suicide bomber, and was organized by Chechen militant leader Doku Umarov, Channel One reported.

CNN has not independently confirmed the existence of the plot.

The announcement comes a week ahead of this Sunday's presidential election.

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  1. citizen

    Putin is a diva. He needs these fake , Robert ludllum like stories to puff up his ego.
    Without oil revenue Russia is simply another north Korea.
    We get that you can still elect yourself president Mr. Putin. Now get over it.

    February 27, 2012 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. jadsper

    After weeks of questioning, right!!! LOLOL!

    February 27, 2012 at 5:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      CNN states that it was after `weeks of questioning`, Russian news state that he was questioned for 2 days before confessing.. who should we believe?

      February 27, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. ♔Mmmmm♕

    ...not suprising this family feud saga continues...

    February 27, 2012 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. leeintulsa

    i know.. "armed terrorists", right?

    February 27, 2012 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. jbird

    Immediately struck me as a "Wag the Dog" release, so that his office could discredit peaceful protesters. As if he needs excuses to quash them...

    February 27, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |

    I'm looking for Putin to accuse the U.S and Israel to be behind the plot..after all we are being blamed for everything else from Iran to Syria..some people seem hell bent on starting world war lll

    February 27, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar The Chorizo Chimp Of Chihuahua

    Putin, go to hell!

    February 27, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    They're just promoting a new game called Shootin' Putin.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bumble Bee

    Just face it! Aint no way of getting around ww3 it`s time to see who`s willing to lose it all, us poor folks just might benefit off of it. Everything needs to be destroyed anyway

    February 27, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ♔Mmmmm♕

    this thread has forgotten between the ukraines and russians they don't play cloak and dagger...they play tea laced with plutonium...

    February 27, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |