Ukraine extradites 'Putin plot' suspect to Russia
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||25 August 2012|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Ukraine extradites 'Putin plot' suspect to Russia, 25 August 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/503f1cd1c.html [accessed 24 April 2014]|
August 25, 2012
A TV screen-grab from Russia's Channel One shows a man identified as Ilya Pyanzin, one of two men suspected of conspiring to kill Vladimir Putin. AFP
Ukraine has extradited to Russia one of two men who were allegedly plotting to assassinate Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian television's Channel One said on August 25 that Ilya Pyanzin, who is a national of Kazakhstan, had been brought to Moscow.
Pyanzin was detained in Odessa in February after he was injured in an accidental explosion of a hand-made bomb that killed his associate.
Pyanzin's detention led to the arrest of the alleged mastermind of the plot Adam Osmayev, a Chechen, whose extradition to Russia was halted last week at the request of the European Court for Human Rights.
Reports about the alleged plot to kill Putin surfaced days before Russia's March 4 presidential election, prompting skeptics to say the plot was fabricated and timed to raise Putin's popularity ratings before the vote.
Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS