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Plot to Assassinate Russian PM Vladimir Putin Foiled, State TV Says

ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Russian and Ukrainian authorities say they have foiled a plot to assassinate Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

According to reports on Russian state-owned Channel One TV, two men were arrested in the Ukrainian port city of Odessa, where they were allegedly learning to make homemade explosives.  The duo was said to have been planning to place mines along Putin's daily route to work sometime after the March 4 election, in which the prime minister is expected to win.

In interrogation videos that were aired on TV, the two men admitted to the plot.  One man appeared bloodied and confessed he was hired by the infamous Chechen militant leader Doku Umarov.

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