British and Ukrainian security services helped ‘stop would-be Putin assassins’

Russian leader President Vladimir Putin has survived no fewer than five assassination attempts over the past few years, and is now escorted everywhere he goes by a team of crack snipers ready to take out any assailants.

According to Ukraine ’s Chief of Defence Intelligence Kyrylo Budanov, Putin was the target of an “unsuccessful” assassination attempt about two months ago, at the very start of the war on Ukraine.

But – according to reports – this is just the latest in a long line of attempts on the tyrant’s life, leading to an increasingly paranoid Putin employing body doubles and food tasters – even having his swimming pool water regularly tested to make sure that no poisonous chemicals have been added to the mix.

A source close to the Russian security services said: “His close protection team make sure his food is checked, no one gets close to him without their ­approval. But the former chiefs of staff, generals and FSB operators will know the weak spots in the system.

“I would not be at all surprised if we hear in the next few months that Putin has died and the reason given will be a heart attack or a long-term illness. I doubt they will admit it was an ­internal coup”.

The first known attempt made on Putin’s life was made while the president was attending the funeral of Anatoly Sobchak in St. Petersburg, in February, 2000, Pravda reports. Sergei Devyatov, a press secretary for the Federal Guard Service, said that “not a psychopath but a certain organisation was behind the attempt.”

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There were at least two attempts on Putin’s life in 2002.

One attempt took place during Putin’s official visit to Azerbaijan, when Iraqi citizen Kyanan Rostam tried to plant a bomb.

Azeri security services foiled Rostam’s attempt, according to a statement by Namik Abbasov, head of the Azeri National Security Ministry,

A month later, a man named Ivan Zaitsev arrived at the Kremlin, claiming to be the President of Russia and announced that he was there “to cut Putin’s head off” to prevent Russia falling under control of the Nazis. He was detained and incarcerated in a mental institution.

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According to Alexander Litvinenko, the former officer of the Russian Federal Security Service who was later killed on Putin’s orders, an attempt on the Russian leader’s life was foiled by Scotland Yard.

The ringleader of the attempt, named by Litvinenko as “Major P”, told him of a plan to ambush Putin on a foreign trip and get Chechen fighters to “pop up somewhere on Putin’s route with sniper rifles”.

Litvinenko, suspected that the alleged assassination was a “sting” set up by the FSB to incriminate him. So he reported the conversation to the Metropolitan. Police, who arrested the major and another Russian. They were later released on condition that they return to Moscow.

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But a more serious attempt, again with British links, was revealed in 2012.

Russia’s state-run Channel One television broadcast footage of two men who it accused of belonging to a terror group formed by Chechen warlord Doku Umarov.

One of the accused men, Ilya Pyanzin, confessed: “They told us that first you come to Odessa to learn how to make bombs. And then later, in Moscow, you will stage attacks against commercial objects, with the subsequent assassination attempt against Putin”.

The second suspect was named as Adam Osmayev, an international fugitive who had been living in London for some time. Osmayev reportedly had surveillance footage of Putin that was being used to plan a bomb attack.

Ironically, he was arrested by Ukrainian special services anti-terrorist unit Alfa after an accidental explosion in an alleged Chechen bomb factory in 2012.

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