Russian Security Service denies plot against Putin, Medvedev

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Moscow, Mar 15 (UNI) A source from Russia's Security Service today denied that an assassination was being plotted against incumbent President Vladimir Putin and President-elect Dmitry Medvedev.

The denial came after Russian newspaper Tvoi Den gave details of an alleged plot, reportedly due to have taken place on the night of the Presidential election, Russia Today television channel reported.

The paper said Russian security forces prevented the assassination attempt, adding a 24-year-old Tajik national was detained when a central Moscow apartment was stormed.

Weapons were reportedly found there.

On March 2, both Putin and Medvedev appeared before a large crowd at Red Square, in a perfect sight from the windows of the apartment.

The detained man has admitted to owning of the weapons, including a Kalashnikov rifle, but has not revealed the reason for keeping them, the paper said.

He was arrested several hours before Putin and Medvedev appeared in public.


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