Putin Assassination AttemptRussian and Ukrainian intelligence services have foiled a terrorist plot to assassinate Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Russia’s most-wanted terrorist Doku Umarov is suspected of behind the mastermind behind the plot.

The criminals detained in Ukrainian city of Odessa confessed they had planned to assassinate Putin. The attack was to be carried out in Moscow right after the presidential elections on March 4.

One of the suspects admitted that he had flown into Ukraine from the United Arab Emirates. His accomplice was killed in an explosion in the apartment they rented.

They had all received instructions from Russia’s most-wanted terrorist Doku Umarov. According to the suspects, they had also been instructed to carry out a number of terrorist attacks in Moscow.

Another group participant, Adam Osmaev, was later arrested in Ukraine. The suspect is now cooperating with investigators.

“The final aim was to come to Moscow and try to carry out an attack on Putin,” confessed Osmaev. “There are such military mines, called off-route anti-tank mines, the use of which does not even require a suicide bomber. Though the dead fellow was ready to become one.”

The suspects, though, were supposed to be able to make a powerful explosive in case their instructors fail to deliver the mines, but that’s where things went wrong.

They bought all of the the ingredients necessary to make the explosives in a drug store, but due to poor training made a number of mistakes.

“Nowadays there are a number of ways to make an explosive,” said one officer. “Electrolyte and Hydroperitum are available in any store and the purchase will not cause any suspicions, but they decided to dry out an explosive base by putting it on a radiator wrapped in a newspaper and the newspaper ink contains some substance which can cause peroxide detonation. This is a typical mistake of all amateur fire-workers. The explosion happened during the drying.”

Osmaev was already on the international wanted list for an earlier assassination plot on the head of Russia’s Chechen republic, Ramzan Kadyrov.

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