Putin Assassination Plot Foiled: Russian Officials


Vladimir Putin has ruled the world’s largest country since 1999, far longer than anyone since Brezhnev.  Next Sunday, Putin is widely expected to win presidential elections in Russia.  Shortly after that, assassins planned to kill him in a plot foiled by Russian officials.  However, the timing and release of the announcement to state-controlled media has critics saying it’s designed to boost his popularity and enhance the idea “that Russia is surrounded by enemies.”  Putin’s spokesman called that speculation “sacreligious.”


Read more on BBC. For more on the timing of the plot disclosure, read the New York Times.


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