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Ukraine sends case against Putin assassination plot suspect to Russia

November 15, 2012, 18:16 UTC+3

It will be forwarded for preliminary probe to the investigation department of the Federal Security Service

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MOSCOW, November 15 (Itar-Tass) — Ukraine sent to Russia a criminal case against Ilya Pyanzin, suspected of involvement in the plot to assassinate Vladimir Putin who was prime minister at the time, spokeswoman for the Russian Prosecutor General's Office Marina Gridneva told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

"Today, the Prosecutor General's Office /PGO/ received the criminal case against Pyanzin; it will be forwarded for preliminary probe to the investigation department of the Federal Security Service," Gridneva said.

On August 25, Pyanzin was extradited from Ukraine to Russia and brought to the Lefortovo remand prison in Moscow.

On February 27, media outlets reported that an assassination plot against Putin had been exposed. On January 4, an explosion ripped through an apartment in Odessa, and two days later, Ukraine's Security Service advised its FSB colleagues. Police found in the apartment bomb parts. Ruslan Madayev, who had rented the apartment, was killed in the explosion while the second victim, Ilya Pyanzin, survived.

They came to Odessa together from the United Arab Emirates via Turkey with "clear instructions from representatives of terrorist Doku Umarov.

Adam Osmayev, who was injured in the blast, escaped. Odessa police then asked citizens to help find two very dangerous criminals: Adam Osmayev and Aslanbek Osmayev, natives of Chechnya.

In a joint operation by Russian and Ukrainian secret services, Adam Osmayev was detained in an Odessa apartment. He had been wanted by Interpol since 2007.

He began to cooperate with the investigators and told them that the "final objective was to come to Moscow and try to assassinate premier Putin."

Osmayev said he had no intention to become a suicide bomber, and that Ruslan Madayev was ready to become one.

According to secret services, Osmayev lived in London for a long time. He was terrorists' liaison man in Odessa and an instructor. His task was to train terrorists and ferry them to Moscow.





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