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Vladimir Putin assassination attempt 'foiled'
Telegraph Media Group Limited ^ | 1:12pm GMT 15/03/2008 | Will Stewart

Posted on 03/15/2008 12:33:29 PM PDT by gandalftb

Russian secret services have foiled an attack on President Vladimir Putin close to Red Square, it has been claimed.

A man with a sniper rifle and Kalashnikov assault gun was found and detained in a rented apartment overlooking Moscow's St Basil's Cathedral, on March 2, the day of the Presidential election in Russia.

Mr Putin and his president-elect, Dmitry Medvedev, appeared under the cathedral for a late-night pop concert once early results indicated that Mr Medvedev would win a landslide.

The popular Tvoi Den newspaper, which broke the story, claimed that both men could have been killed from the flat which was in the line of sight of a stage where they appeared.

The gunman was named by the newspaper as Shakhvelad Osmanov, a 24-year-old Tajik national. His sniper rifle was said to be foreign-made and to have optical lenses, it said.

The newspaper claimed that an informant told FSB officials a few days before the election that Mr Putin's assassination was being planned.

The revelation came after Nikolai Patrushev, head of Russia's FSB secret services, said last week that his officers had foiled "terrorist attacks" during the election campaign.

It was unclear why it had taken so long for the alleged assassination bid to be made public and why a tabloid newspaper was chosen as the outlet. The FSB have not confirmed or denied the report, but Interfax, the Russian news agency, quoted an unnamed secret service official who denied the report.

"Reports that there was some kind of plot against the leadership of the country are absolutely false," the unnamed officer was quoted as saying.

The officer confirmed there had been arrests in March of "people with weapons" but said it had nothing to do with an assassination plot. "We are talking about an organised crime group."

An apartment had been rented on the other side of the Moscow River from the Kremlin for the purpose, the newspaper reported. The man was due to move out the following day.

Security officers apparently raided the apartment at 8pm on March 2 and detained the man and found a "whole arsenal of firearms," including a sniper rifle and a Kalashnikov assault rifle.

Close to midnight, Mr Putin, a former head of the FSB, and his ally Mr Medvedev walked from the Kremlin onto Red Square to give short victory speeches in front of thousands of celebrating supporters.

"For an experienced marksman, both would have been easy targets," stated Tvoi Den.

The FSB was said to be hunting for the organisers of the crime. For now, the man is arrested and charged with firearms offences. The paper said that Osmanov is not thought to be the mastermind behind the assassination bid.

The flat is near the five-star Kempinsky Hotel and not far from the official residence of the British Ambassador, the old British embassy, on Sofiyskaya Embankment.

The residence is now undergoing renovation.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: assassinationplot; dictatorship; foiled; kgb; medvedev; putin; russia

1 posted on 03/15/2008 12:33:33 PM PDT by gandalftb
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To: gandalftb

I would be suprised too suprised if the real target were Medvedev. I can think of someone who would feel obligated to run the country with his passing.


2 posted on 03/15/2008 12:36:55 PM PDT by samson1097
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To: samson1097
Whoops. I meant:

I wouldn't be too suprised if the real target were Medvedev. I can think of someone who would feel obligated to run the country with his passing.
3 posted on 03/15/2008 12:37:39 PM PDT by samson1097
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To: gandalftb

Where’s the polonium-210 when you need it?


4 posted on 03/15/2008 12:37:58 PM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: gandalftb

>>A man with a sniper rifle and Kalashnikov assault gun was found and detained in a rented apartment overlooking Moscow’s St Basil’s Cathedral, on March 2, the day of the Presidential election in Russia.<<

This is clearly the government’s fault for not banning assault weapons.


5 posted on 03/15/2008 12:38:13 PM PDT by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.)
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To: gondramB

From “Pravda”

..and his name is Leonid Harveskovich Oswaldski.....known capitalist sympathizer who defected to the US for several years but decided to return....

The KGB has found backyard photos of this mad with the sniper rifle in one hand and a copy of “The Wall Street Journal” in the other. He is going to be transferred to the Moscow jail tomorrow morning.”

In other news....Moscow nightclub owner Yacob Rubynovitch is closing his clubs tonight in honor of failed attempt.....”

Filmski at 11.


6 posted on 03/15/2008 12:46:31 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("There is no civility, only politics.")
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To: Emperor Palpatine

:)


7 posted on 03/15/2008 12:49:36 PM PDT by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.)
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To: gandalftb

8 posted on 03/15/2008 12:49:38 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: gandalftb
Vladimir Putin assassination attempt 'foiled'

Was I the only one wondering if the title referred to an assassination attempt against Putin or an assassination attempt by Putin?

9 posted on 03/15/2008 12:55:24 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Rattenschadenfreude: joy at a Democrat's pain, especially Hillary's pain caused by Obama.)
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To: gandalftb
Shakhvelad Osmanov

RoP MA Bump!

10 posted on 03/15/2008 12:57:57 PM PDT by higgmeister (In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: gandalftb

Those Pycckos better learn who their friends are.


11 posted on 03/15/2008 1:01:24 PM PDT by higgmeister (In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: gandalftb
I doubt this happened.

It's just another Reichstag Fire to justify a further descent into totalitarianism. What little remains of the embryonic Democracy/Svboda beginnings died today

12 posted on 03/15/2008 1:36:15 PM PDT by Gorzaloon
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To: gandalftb

“Putin assassination attempt foiled”

Sounds like a trumped up excuse for Pukin to begin a purge...


13 posted on 03/15/2008 1:56:55 PM PDT by Levante
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To: gandalftb
If true - which I doubt - nice try, next time get it right, it couldn't happen to a more deserving scumbag.
14 posted on 03/15/2008 2:39:26 PM PDT by JasonC
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To: Gorzaloon
Likely. The apartment bombings were also likely a "reichstag fire" event. All these dictators start off the same way.
15 posted on 03/15/2008 2:40:30 PM PDT by JasonC
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Someone will be sore in the morning.


16 posted on 03/15/2008 2:41:22 PM PDT by purpleraine
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To: JasonC

It’s not a secret if more than one person knows about it.


17 posted on 03/15/2008 2:43:51 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory. - George Patton)
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To: Stonewall Jackson
Nah, if even two people agree to lie about it, and any third person believes them, it is still a secret in practice. When it is a lot more than one "third person", it is politically effective, too.

Plenty of people in the west know Putin is scum, but enough don't want to believe it that he gets away with murder. Literally.

18 posted on 03/15/2008 2:50:04 PM PDT by JasonC
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To: Emperor Palpatine
"and his name is Leonid Harveskovich Oswaldski..." The suspect proclaimed: "Я справедлив patsy." (I am just a patsy.)
19 posted on 03/15/2008 3:27:42 PM PDT by sono (The Future Ain't What It Used To Be - Yogi Berra)
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To: gandalftb
The gunman was named by the newspaper as Shakhvelad Osmanov, a 24-year-old Tajik national. His sniper rifle was said to be foreign-made and to have optical lenses, it said.

It would be interesting to see if anyone has ever made a sniper rifle with non-optical lenses.
20 posted on 03/15/2008 3:39:33 PM PDT by dr_who_2
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To: gandalftb
The FSB was said to be hunting for the organisers of the crime. For now, the man is arrested and charged with firearms offences. The paper said that Osmanov is not thought to be the mastermind behind the assassination bid.

Let the purges and show trials begin. Stalin is back.
21 posted on 03/15/2008 3:43:02 PM PDT by dr_who_2
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

lol!


22 posted on 03/15/2008 3:43:48 PM PDT by RDTF (Go AEGIS!)
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To: dr_who_2
Who plays prosecutor Vyshinskiy?

23 posted on 03/15/2008 3:50:20 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("There is no civility, only politics.")
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To: dr_who_2

Whomever Putin chooses.


24 posted on 03/15/2008 3:59:51 PM PDT by dr_who_2
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To: dr_who_2

Yes, I’ve seen several Hollywood productions with “sniper rifles” with no sights whatsoever.


25 posted on 03/15/2008 7:48:48 PM PDT by Siberian-psycho (An oppressed class which did not try to possess arms, would deserve to be treated as slaves." Lenin)
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To: gandalftb

Now tyrant Putin’s KGB thugs will begin rounding up ‘the usual suspects’, or maybe this was another Kremlin invented excuse to eliminate those in Russia who still don’t worship ‘the great leader’.


26 posted on 03/16/2008 3:35:37 AM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is not 'free'.)
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To: snarks_when_bored

27 posted on 03/17/2008 6:22:28 AM PDT by Daffynition (The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.)
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To: M. Espinola

maybe this was another Kremlin invented excuse to eliminate those in Russia who still don’t worship ‘the great leader’.==

The gunman was named by the newspaper as Shakhvelad Osmanov, a 24-year-old Tajik national. His sniper rifle was said to be foreign-made and to have optical lenses, it said. ==

How so the Tajik national with foreign rifle may represent Russians? Ritorical question.


28 posted on 03/17/2008 6:48:23 AM PDT by RusIvan (ABM can be used to fend off the weakered by first strike reciprocal answer.)
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To: gandalftb
1. "Tvoy den" ("Your day") is a tabloid;

2. The spot where Putin and Mdevedev were, can't be seen from the address mentioned in the article.

from Google earth Notes: 1. The arrow points to the presumed sniper's nest, 2. Putin's way out of the Kremlin outlined in red. The distance is approx. 560 yards.

29 posted on 03/17/2008 8:53:29 AM PDT by Freelance Warrior (The barbarian)
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To: Gorzaloon

Right.... this is KGB disinfo
Don’t belive this trumped up nonsense


30 posted on 03/17/2008 8:55:32 AM PDT by dennisw (Never bet on a false prophet! <<<||>>> Never bet on Islam!)
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To: RusIvan
Yes, of course, how could I be so foolish as to question the unquestioned perpetual credibility of the Kremlin and all of Putin's wonderful, devoted members of the controlled neo-Soviet press corp.

The real criminal was Catty the cat!

'Come on you commie creep, just a little closer...'

31 posted on 03/18/2008 12:55:42 AM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is not 'free'.)
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To: M. Espinola

It’s still unclear what the Kremlin, FSB or whatever has to do with an item by a local version of “Sun” or maybe even worse.


32 posted on 03/18/2008 4:42:07 AM PDT by Freelance Warrior (The barbarian)
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To: Freelance Warrior
"It’s still unclear what the Kremlin, FSB or whatever has to do with an item by a local version of “Sun” or maybe even worse."

It very clear Putin Inc will stop at nothing in their crazed lust for total control. Now that's clear...

33 posted on 03/18/2008 8:12:14 AM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is not 'free'.)
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To: RusIvan

I have a feeling this is as close as you get to a naked woman.


35 posted on 03/18/2008 9:41:52 AM PDT by linn37 (phlebotomist on duty,its just a little pinch)
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To: M. Espinola
It very clear Putin Inc will stop at nothing in their crazed lust for total control. Now that's clear...

Now? Exactly this yellow press report makes you think so, doesn't it?

36 posted on 03/18/2008 10:15:22 AM PDT by Freelance Warrior (The barbarian)
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To: Freelance Warrior

What do think of Putin?


37 posted on 03/18/2008 8:31:29 PM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is not 'free'.)
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To: M. Espinola
1. Putin is a sober and a adequate person, unlike late Yeltsin.

2. Putin is a one who works.

3. He lacks communication skills and charming people isn't his best side. (Bush is an exception since he's an idiot.)

4. Putin is disciplined himself, also he managed to discipline the state bureaucratic machine to some extent, while not fully.

5. Putin is too Soviet-style to my like, "patron of the people". Also, his way of management is somewhat military.

6. Putin really did things for Russia's benefit. He also made mistakes (like support of Yanukovich during Ukraine's 2004 election and the British Council's case).

7. Putin is good at tough talks.

On the whole, Putin's politics was adequate to the outgoing period of Russian history.

38 posted on 03/19/2008 9:54:06 AM PDT by Freelance Warrior (The barbarian)
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To: linn37

You feel wrong:). I just wanted to help Espinola who seemed very nervous and frastrated of Putin And Russia. I thought that the look on the good looking russian girl will ease him a little:).


39 posted on 03/19/2008 10:16:03 AM PDT by RusIvan (ABM can be used to fend off the weakered by first strike reciprocal answer.)
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To: Siberian-psycho
Ah, you must be referring to “Sargent York”.
40 posted on 09/01/2008 12:41:47 PM PDT by dr_who_2
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