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PLOT TO ASSASSINATE VLADIMIR PUTIN FOILED AND REVEALED JUST DAYS BEFORE ELECTION
February 27 2012
Moscow, Russia – There was a time when Vladimir Putin was untouchable, unassailable, but times have changed. Protests in the streets, people voting against him, and now it appears an assassination plot against the former and presumed future President of the country have all made it clear that Putin is simply not the titan he once was.
At least two men have been arrested, both of Chechen background, in the plot to kill Putin which was scheduled for shortly after this Sunday’s elections. The men involved were caught after their apartment in Ukraine exploded while developing a tank mine, a so-called sticky bomb, to assassinate Putin.
One man was killed in the explosion and will likely not be charged in the plan. Police in Odessa have reportedly remanded his remains over to Russian police in a collection of sandwich bags.
Putin is widely expected to win the Presidency this Sunday despite widespread opposition, something which may be slightly muted or possibly even cracked down upon in the wake of the foiled plot, making the election a whole lot smoother for pro-Putin forces.
“The ultimate aim was to travel to Moscow and try to assassinate Premier Putin,” said confessed ring leader Adam Osmayev who claimed to be working under the direction of one of Putin’s arch enemies, Doku Umarov, a Chechen Emir.
Putin himself had no comment on the plot but Kremlin officials confirmed that the plot was real and that in no way at all, not even a little bit, was this a part of their re-election campaign.
It’s not clear if Ukrainian police would have uncovered the plot to assassinate one of the world’s most prominent leaders if the men hadn’t blown themselves up, though it is possible that Russian officials could have tipped them off before it was too late.
“Plots to kill leaders are of course nothing new but coming as this one did, just days before the election, well that’s really shocking. I mean in some ways it makes sense with Putin out and about doing his campaigning, but that also means a whole lot more security and so it’s the best and worst of both worlds in many ways if you’re an assassin,” said Scrape TV International analyst Gustav Hander. “Normally though assassins stay away from election time, at least within a few weeks of the actual vote which is what makes this so shocking and so unusual. Hopefully it doesn’t do anything to negatively affect Putin’s re-election campaign. That would be upsetting.”
Osmayev had had a national arrest warrant for his arrest for the last five years in place, something which will likely be acted upon now that he is in custody.
“I’m sure police uncover these types of plots all the time, especially in Russia. I mean
the Chechens really do hate Russia and they have all these arch criminals there ready and willing to act on their hate and so these types of things, really, must go on all the time, only behind closed doors,” continued Hander. “I guess this one slipped out though but at least now the people of Russia understand what exactly a President has to live with every day of his life. I’m sure that will garner Putin more than a few sympathy votes, though likely not enough to change the election results. I doubt that could happen, probably not even a noticeable budge really.”
Putin will reportedly walk around with his shirt off if he wins the election of Sunday, unafraid of potential assassins.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent