Russian and Ukrainian secret services have foiled a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, state television in Russia reported on Monday.
The pro-Kremlin Channel One station broadcast footage purporting to show the plotters at work.
It said they planned to travel to Moscow to carry out the assassination after next month’s presidential election.
The report said Ukrainian special services arrested two men — one Russian and one Kazakh national —in the city of Odessa.
Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed the report to the ITAR-TASS news agency without providing further details.
Channel One said the two men were acting on the orders of Chechen separatist warlord Doku Umarov.
Umarov wants to create an ‘Islamic state’ in Russia’s North Caucasus.
He is the man who claims to have masterminded the Moscow metro bombings two years ago.
Putin launched a crackdown on Chechen separatists during his two terms as president between 2000 and 2008.
He is expected to return to his old job after the March 4th vote.
The former KGB man’s bid for a third presidential term has been denounced by opposition groups as unconstitutional.