Monday, February 27, 2012

Putin's Problem With Islamist

Missed Me!

A security official in Moscow said "members of a criminal gang" were arrested after plotting to assassinate Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

A spokesman for the Federal Protective Service confirmed that a "potential threat" to Putin's life was uncovered in January.

Two men confessed to conspiring to kill the Russian strongman in a bombing attack that was revealed to the public less than a week before Mr Putin's likely victory in Sunday's local time election.
The plot's existence was confirmed by Mr Putin's spokesman as well as the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) and its Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) counterpart.

But some analysts raised suspicion over the timing of the news.
Doku Umarov

Doku Umarov, described as Chechnya's Osama bin Laden, allegedly hired militants to assassinate Putin after March 4 presidential elections.

Russia has been fighting an insurgency in the Muslim North Caucasus republics of Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia for many years following two bloody conflicts in Chechnya in the 1990s.

The purported confessions showed the two men saying they acted on the orders of Chechen Islamist militant Doku Umarov, the warlord who has claimed deadly airport and metro bombings in Moscow over the past two years.

Officials said the pair along with a third man, who died while trying to prepare a bomb, were all ethnic Chechens who were detained in Ukraine's Black Sea port of Odessa in January and early February.

It seems weird as to why the authorities had waited until just days were left before the March 4 poll to make their announcement.
 Alexander Golts

"It just seems like an incredible coincidence that these assassins were discovered today," independent military analyst Alexander Golts said.

The state television channel, Channel One, says the three plotters went to Ukraine from the United Arab Emirates via Turkey with "clear instructions from representatives of Doku Umarov".

"They told us that first you come to Odessa and learn how to make bombs," Channel One showed a man identified as Ilya Pyanzin as saying.

"And then later, in Moscow, you will stage attacks against commercial objects, with the subsequent assassination attempt against Putin," the man said.
Channel One footage showed a video of Mr. Putin getting into his car being played on the laptop computer belonging to second suspect Adam Osmayev - a man the report said had lived for a long time in London.

The hidden-camera footage of the Russian prime minister's movements was shot "so that we had an understanding of how he was protected", Osmayev said.
"The end goal was to come to Moscow and to try to stage an assassination attempt against premier Putin.

"The deadline was after the election of the Russian president."
The report said one of the two detained men had told Russian and Ukrainian investigators that some explosives had already been hidden near the Kutuzovsky Prospekt avenue that Mr. Putin passes daily to reach the government White House.
Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov

It quoted an unidentified Russian FSB official as saying that the explosives would have created a "serious blast...powerful enough to tear apart a truck".
"I confirm this information but am not commenting now," ITAR-TASS quoted Dmitry Peskov as saying.

An FSB official told the RIA Novosti news agency that the suspected plotters were all Chechens who belonged to one of Umarov's armed groups.

Mr. Putin's career is linked closely to the brutal but ultimately popular second campaign in Chechnya that he launched while still serving as Boris Yeltsin's prime minister in 1999.

The region remains wracked by violence to this day and Umarov is still at large despite repeated attempts by Russian forces to kill him. The news came just days after Putin told a campaign rally that the "battle for Russia continues", and some analysts said the plot could do no harm to his election chances.
Russian Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov

"This is a new cause for mobilization around Putin and it has been put forwards as another argument in his favor," Institute for Strategic Assessments spokesman Alexander Konovalov said.

The alleged assassination attempt against Mr. Putin is at least the sixth reported by the Russian media since he first became president 12 years ago. The last was reportedly planned for his June 2007 visit to Istanbul for a regional summit.

1 comment:

  1. Wow... Incredible information you have collected. Putin knows how to keep his power.