RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin is said to have survived five assassination attempts and is now so fearful for his life that he has surrounded himself with an elite squad of snipers.
The most recent attempt is said to have taken place at the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, although details are only now emerging.
The chief of Ukraine’s defense intelligence, Kyrylo Budanov, said a “failed attempt” had been made on the president’s life.
Budanov told Ukraine’s Pravda: “Putin was assassinated…
“Not so long ago, he was even attacked in the line of, as they say, representatives of the Caucasus.
“This is non-public information. Absolutely failed attempt, but it actually happened… It was about 2 months ago.”
“Once again he was unsuccessful. There is no publicity about this event, but it happened.”
It is not clear who was behind the alleged attack and where it took place.
Putin is now said to be so afraid of another attempt on his life that he has surrounded himself with snipers and is thought to travel everywhere with them.
The live snipers have a very important job which is to locate and “take out” other shooters before they have a chance to pull the trigger on Putin.
The Russian president is said to have become obsessed with the idea that someone is trying to get him, causing him to seek protection in his isolated bunker.
Putin’s army of followers hired to protect him are the only ones allowed to get close enough, as he is obsessed with assassination plots.
The suspicious despot even employs a team of people to taste his food before eating it, convinced he could be poisoned.
It seems that the Russian dictator is becoming increasingly paranoid behind the scenes, fearing that someone in his own sanctuary could poison him.
It was rumored that the former KGB spy even ordered special gloves to protect his skin from possible exposure to deadly substances.
Even his daily morning swim is no longer sacred, as he tests the water several times a day to check for suspicious chemical levels.
As he approaches 70 and rumors of his declining health are circulating, it is understood that the Russian president’s trusted generals now view him as incompetent and demeaning.
According to reports, the tyrant is constantly accompanied by a legion of doctors as he struggles with his mysterious illness.
Putin’s fears could be well founded, however, as there have been at least four previous attempts on his life.
VISIT TO AZERBAIJAN
During a state visit by Putin to Azerbaijan in 2002, an Iraqi man was arrested after apparently plotting to assassinate the Russian president.
According to reports, the January 2002 attack was allegedly carried out by an Iraqi with ties to Afghanistan and Chechen rebels.
He would deliver explosives to a co-conspirator.
Security forces learned of the plot and arrested the man and accomplice.
They were sentenced to ten years in prison.
BOMB UNDER THE HIGHWAY
In November 2002, details of another conspiracy about Putin’s life emerged.
The Russian leader is said to be driving along a highway near the Kremlin.
On the way there was a group of people who claimed that they were installing new signs.
Just an hour later, a media outlet reported that 40 kilograms of explosives had been discovered to detonate along the road.
The devices then mysteriously disappeared and Putin’s car was diverted.
Officials to this day refuse to comment on the matter, even denying that it ever took place.
BRIT COPS FOIL CONSPIRACY
British counter-terrorist police are said to have foiled a plot to assassinate Putin in October 2003.
A source told The Sunday Times that two male would-be hitmen had been arrested but had been released without charge and returned to Russia.
It was alleged that the men, allegedly a former Russian secret service assassin, were plotting to have Putin shot by a sniper while traveling abroad.
According to the report, the former Russian agent knew a senior officer of the Federal Security Service (FSB), the Russian state security agency and successor to the Soviet KGB, who would provide information about Putin’s movements abroad, allowing assassins to carry out an attack.
Details had been given to British police by Alexander Litvinenko, a former FSB officer who defected to Britain three years ago after the alleged conspirator contacted him, the newspaper said.
Police confirmed that two men, aged 40 and 36, were then detained by police in connection with the charge, but they were released after questioning and said no further action would be taken against them.
Chechen Adam Osmayev, who claimed to have ties to the UK, was paraded on Russian television after an alleged plot to assassinate Putin was foiled in 2012.
The so-called “terrorist” was captured by special forces in the Ukrainian port city of Odessa on the Black Sea.
He later appeared on state television, half-naked and with visible injuries, and made an alleged confession.
Osmayev said in his performance: “Our goal was to go to Moscow and try to assassinate Prime Minister Putin… Our deadline was after the Russian presidential election.”
Russia’s security services previously claimed that Osmayev “was a graduate of a prestigious institution of higher education in Britain”, and came from a prominent Chechen family that opposed Putin.
The arrests of two suspects were made by Ukraine’s special anti-terrorist unit Alfa after an accidental explosion in January 2012 in an apartment in Odessa that killed a third alleged “terrorist”, Ruslan Madayev.
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