Russian President Vladimir Putin claims that the Federal Security Service (FSB) spy agency has foiled what he said was a plan to kill a prominent Russian journalist. Stating that “this morning, the Federal Security Service stopped the activities of a terrorist group that planned to attack and kill one famous Russian TV journalist … we have indisputable facts,” during a meeting with prosecutors. He added that “after experiencing an information fiasco in Russia, the West has now turned to attempts to kill Russian journalists,” with providing supporting evidence.
The Russian news agency Tass stated security services had arrested members of a neo-Nazi group called National Socialism/White Power, who were allegedly plotting to kill the popular pro-Kremlin state TV host Vladimir Solovyev on Ukraine’s orders.
During the arrests, a number of weapons including eight Molotov cocktails and six pistols were seized from the group. Several images were also released by the FSB containing Ukrainian passports, several Nazi symbols, a portrait of Adolf Hitler, and, bizarrely, three discs containing the Sims video game.
The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has denied the allegations, stating they had no plans to assassinate Vladimir Solovyev.
Vladimir Solovyev gave comments on the arrest:
Russian state-run news agency RIA Novosti has also claimed the group was planning attacks on the head of the RT news network, Margarita Simonyan, and the pro-Kremlin TV presenter Dmitry Kiselyov as well as other state journalists.