Russian Security Authorities foiling a Ukrainian attempt to assassinate the editor-in-chief of RT and a prominent Russian blogger


The Russian security services announced Saturday that they had prevented the assassination of Margarita Simonyan, one of the main voices in the Kremlin’s media machine, and Ksenia Sobchak, a popular influencer critical of the War in Ukraine.

The Russian security services (FSB) said in a statement that they had arrested the previous day in Moscow and in the Russian Ryazan region, members of a group of neo-Nazis called “Section 88” who were recruited by the Ukrainian services in exchange for money, to kill these two targets.

From her part, Ksenia Sobchak said on her Telegram account, “If this is the truth, then thanks to all the concerned departments, but if that isn’t true and the point is to put me in the same sentence as Simonian, that is just the usual meanness”.

The Federal Security Services (FSB) published pictures showing the arrest of a number of suspects, in addition to weapons and books about Nazism that seized during these arrests.

Margarita Simonyan, who is the editor-in-chief of the Russia Today (RT) network, considered one of the most famous faces in the field of media, in conjunction with the attack in Ukraine.

Ksenia Sobchak is the daughter of the former mayor of St. Petersburg, Antoliy Sobchak, who was Vladimir Putin’s mentor.

She’s a YouTuber, and blogger, and very popular in Russia and one of the often critics the Russian authorities.

Sobchak didn’t hide her opposition to the attack in Ukraine at the end of February 2022.

She had left Russia temporarily several times since the start of the conflict.

In a statement on Saturday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova condemned the new attempt to launch a terrorist attack by the Kiev regime.

Attacks or assassination attempts almost regularly target Russian activists who support the attack in Ukraine.

Moscow accuses the Ukrainian authorities of being behind the matter, but the latter denies or doesn’t comment on these incidents.

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