Russian President Vladimir Putin is said to have been obsessed with the idea that someone was after him, and after a fifth assassination attempt, security in the Kremlin was tightened again
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As one of the most hated men in the world, it may come as no shock to the system to discover that a line has formed over the years of people wanting Vladimir Putin dead.
The Russian leader reportedly escaped an attempt on his life just weeks after the start of the conflict in Ukraine.
The Warbringer is so worried about another coming that he has surrounded himself with an elite squad of snipers to protect him and is said to even use doubles.
But Putin certainly seems no stranger to dodging a bullet.
There are said to have been no fewer than five serious assassination attempts on the dictator and some real near misses.
Now the president refuses to take any chances – and is obsessed with the idea that someone is after him, sources claim.
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The Kremlin is heavily guarded 24/7 as security was tightened after its deadly invasion began.
In the event of an assassination, a “little-known tax official” named Mikhail Mishustin would take control of the Russian state, according to Business Insider.
Putin has escaped several times and is adamant there will be no repeat.
We know of five attempts to kill the President, and here’s how he dodged death in the face of some determined enemies.
attack in the Caucasus
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The last attempt on his life came just over two months ago.
Days after the start of the Ukrainian invasion, the tyrant was attacked in the Caucasus – an area that includes Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and parts of southern Russia.
The head of the nation’s defense intelligence agency, Kyrylo Budanov, told Ukraine’s Pravda: “Putin was assassinated.
“He was attacked not so long ago even in the line of representatives of the Caucasus, as they say.
“This is non-public information. Totally unsuccessful attempt but it really happened… It was about 2 months ago.”
“Once again he was unsuccessful. There is no publicity for this event, but it took place.”
The first try
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Attacks on the Russian president are nothing new.
The warlord has had enemies for decades – but the first attempt on his life was reportedly recorded in 2002.
More than 20 years ago, Putin paid a state visit to Azerbaijan – but little did he know that a group of Iraqi men were plotting his downfall.
According to reports, a man arrested after the plan was disrupted was supposed to be delivering explosives to a co-conspirator.
Putin’s security found out about the plan and rushed in to arrest him and his accomplice.
Both unnamed men were sentenced to ten years in prison.
Another warning was fired
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Another warning came just a month later.
A man drove into the Kremlin and jumped out of his car to speak to security forces.
He reportedly told them, “My name is Ivan Zaitsev. I am the President of Russia. Take me to Vladimir Putin now!”
He was sent to a nearby hospital for an examination – but in late 2002 he was said to have assisted in the second attempt.
The Russian head of state should drive on a highway in Moscow.
But 40 kilos of explosives had been spotted and were about to detonate along the road. His demolition team arrived just in time.
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The British anti-terror police are said to have had to intervene in October 2003 to prevent an assassination attempt on Putin.
Two suspected assassins have been arrested after they were accused of plotting to have Putin shot by a sniper.
The men, aged 40 and 36, are said to have been former killers of the Russian secret service.
The police confirmed that no further action would be taken against them.
However, the incident reportedly shook Putin, and his extra security appeared to be working — there was quite a wait, but eventually more threats began to arrive.
Sniper’s wife killed after “Conspiracy”.
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It was almost a decade before the next suspected assassination attempt on Putin came to light – and a former British state schoolboy was the one who attempted it.
But for sniper Adam Osmayev, then 36, his failed attempt cost his wife her life.
The Chechen had been accused of blowing up the president’s motorcade in Moscow.
Amina Okueyva was fatally shot in the head in 2012, but Osmayev escaped death in a bloody ambush. He blamed Russia for the attack.
The man later appeared half-naked on state television and made an alleged confession.
Osmayev said during his appearance: “Our goal was to go to Moscow and try to kill Prime Minister Putin… Our deadline was after the Russian presidential election.”
The Russian security services previously claimed that Osmayev was “a graduate of a prestigious university in Britain”.
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