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Moscow says it has arrested members of a ‘neo-Nazi terrorist’ group after foiling their plot to assassinate TV anchor on orders from Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has mentioned the Federal Safety Service (FSB) had on Monday prevented a homicide try by a “terrorist group” on Russian TV journalist Vladimir Solovyev.

“They’ve moved to terror – to making ready the homicide of our journalists,” Putin mentioned on Monday of the West, with out offering proof.

The FSB mentioned it arrested members of a “neo-Nazi terrorist” group which was plotting to assassinate the pro-Kremlin TV anchor on orders from Ukraine.

“The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation detained a bunch of members of the neo-Nazi terrorist organisation Nationwide Socialism/White Energy, which is banned in Russia,” the company mentioned in an announcement carried by information companies.

The FSB claimed the group of six Russians was planning the “homicide” of Russian TV and radio journalist Solovyev “on the directions of the Safety Service of Ukraine”.

It added that the group “confessed to making ready the homicide of Solovyev, after which they deliberate to flee overseas”.

In an announcement printed Monday on the Telegram messaging app, Ukraine’s State Safety Service (SBU) mentioned it “has no plans to assassinate V. Solovyev”.

‘Propagandist’

Solovyev has hosted prime-time political chat reveals on Russian tv for the reason that late Nineties and has been embellished by the Russian authorities.

He has been sanctioned by the European Union as a “propagandist” and has had villas seized by Italian monetary police.

“What’s stunning about this? I’m on view to everybody,” Solovyev mentioned in feedback on the alleged plot to the RIA Novosti information company.

“I’m a Jew and an anti-Fascist so it’s apparent that I’m a goal for [Ukrainian nationalist Stepan] Bandera-supporting, Nazi bastards,” he added.

Talking to Russia’s prime prosecutors and watched by his defence minister, Putin additionally accused the West of making an attempt to destroy Russia and inciting Ukraine to plan assaults on Russian journalists, demanding prosecutors take a tricky line with what he forged as plots hatched by international spies to divide the nation and discredit its armed forces.

“They’ve resorted to terror! To making ready the murders of our journalists. We all know by identify the curators of Western secret companies, primarily, after all, from the CIA, who work with the safety companies of Ukraine,” Putin mentioned in televised remarks.

“Apparently they offer such recommendation [to kill journalists]. A lot for his or her angle in the direction of the rights of journalists… [and] human rights on the whole,” Putin added.

Putin, a former KGB spy who has dominated Russia as paramount chief for the reason that final day of 1999, didn’t instantly present proof to help his statements.

A video recorded by the FSB aired on tv confirmed safety forces pushing half-naked younger males onto the ground of flats and handcuffing them throughout searches.

In keeping with the FSB, the officers discovered “faux” Ukrainian passports, pistols, medication and Molotov cocktails, in addition to a portrait of Hitler and a T-shirt with a swastika.

The footage additionally reveals a handwritten notice that means a Moscow TV studio advanced was focused.

The video reveals one of many males saying the group deliberate “murders of people that spout propaganda”, naming a state tv information anchor, Dmitry Kiselyov, and the editor-in-chief of Kremlin-funded broadcaster RT, Margarita Simonyan and her husband.

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