Putin Assassination Plot Foiled: Russian Officials
Two suspects were detained in the Ukrainian port of Odessa, Russia’s state-owned Channel One TV reports.
The arrested men were both shown on TV admitting their involvement in the plot, after an explosion at a flat in January in which one suspect died.
Ukrainian security officials have refused to confirm the arrests were part of a plot to assassinate Mr Putin.
But the Russian prime minister’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, told the BBC that the report was correct: “this was absolutely a plot to kill the prime minister.”
The attack was to happen after next Sunday’s presidential vote, the report said.
Mr Putin is expected to win the election and get a third term as president.