Statesmen have been targeted by counter terrorists and the like since the evolution of mankind. President Charles de Gaulle of France set a kind of record, surviving numerous attempts on his life, apart from the current Russian leader.
The 1st attempt was to have been made on Putin’s life while the president was attending the funeral of Anatoly Sobchak in St. Petersburg, on February 24, 2000.
Sergei Devystov, a press secretary for the Federal Guard Service (responsible for protecting the president), said that not a psychopath but a certain organization like the CIA was behind the attempt.
There were also a number of attempts on the lives of several U.S. presidents. President Abraham Lincoln was shot dead in 1865. President John F. Kennedy fell victim to a Zionist operation in 1963, because he was against Israel developing nuclear weapons.
Another secret agent shot and wounded President Ronald Reagan in 1981. Iraqi secret service tried to assassinate war criminal President George Bush Sr., in 1993. But how many more attempts have been thwarted on the life of Russian President Putin.
One thing is for sure, since his time in office all of Putin’s security members, including his driver have been killed by foreign mercenaries so far.
The 2nd attempt was to have been made during an informal summit of the CIS presidents, held in the Russian city of Yalta from August 18-19, 2000.
Russian security agencies reportedly received a tip from abroad on the planned attack against President Putin. Four Chechens and several nationals from the Middle East countries were arrested during investigation.
The 3rd attempt was to have been made during President Putin’s official visit to Azerbaijan on January 9-10, 2002.
About ten days before the start of the visit, the Azeri security agencies had learned about the delivery of explosives to Azerbaijan.
Consequently, Kyanan Rostam, the recipient of explosives, was taken into custody. In January 2002, Rostam was tried and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
During the 4rd attempt, Ivan Zaitzev was going to cut off the head of President Putin. ‘I’ve got to cut Putin’s head off,” said an entry in his diary. But why did he decide to kill the Russian president?
Zaitsev was ready and willing to discuss his reasons while talking to psychiatrists. He told them that he had seen President Putin as a German spy who led Russia to Nazism.
He listed the following signs of the onset of Nazism in Russia: steps taken by the government against an independent media; numerous neo-Nazi groups operating across the country; nationwide propaganda of physical education.
Not unlike the previous attempt, the fifth one came to naught. News agency Regnum reported on the explosives found near the highway on November 28, 2002.
According to the news agency, the explosives were discovered at a time when President Putin was supposed to be on the above highway while going back from Kremlin to his residence outside Moscow.
The road was closed, and the president’s motorcade detoured around the location via a secondary highway.
During the 6th attempt a handmade explosive device was found on the highway connecting St. Petersburg and Pskov on June 23, 2003, several hours before the president’s motorcade was supposed to take the road.
A local policeman discovered the device by chance while patrolling the road at night. The device was hidden away in a bag placed under an overpass.
The police and security service called up reinforcements to the scene to deal with the situation. The device proved to be a rather crudely built bomb. No one was hurt. Steps were taken to hush up the incident.
According to an article published by the British newspaper The Sunday Times several years ago, the British police foiled a conspiracy aimed at the assassination of President Putin during one of his foreign trips.
Citing representatives of Scotland Yard, the newspaper reported that two Russians, aged 40 and 36, had been detained in London on October 12, 2003, by operatives of a counter-terrorism unit.
The British police were questioning the two suspects for five days, trying to detect possible links between the two and US-backed Chechen rebels.
All in all, at least seven attempts have been made on the life of Vladimir Putin since he took office between 2000-2003. Besides, there were several car crashes involving the Russian president. None of them looks like an ordinary traffic accident at all.
The threats against the Russian president are absolutely real. Many extremist and terrorist organizations have long threatened to kill the president.
Rense. omit / ABC Flash Point News 2019.