Russian secret services confirm Putin plot -agencies

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MOSCOW, Oct 15 (Reuters) Russian special services have confirmed they received intelligence about a plot against President Vladimir Putin, Russian news agencies reported today, citing an unnamed security service source.

''The competent authorities are actively working with foreign partners on the information received yesterday about a terrorist threat in relation to Russia's head of state,'' the source was quoted as saying by RIA, Itar-Tass and Interfax news agencies in virtually identical reports.

Interfax had reported last evening, citing a single unnamed security source, that Putin had been warned by his special services of a possible assassination plot during his visit to Tehran this week.

Putin said today he would not call off his trip but he acknowledged the intelligence reports, adding that the security services ''must do their work''.

REUTERS SKB PM1819

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