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Attempted Putin assassination suspect to remain in custody

11:52 22/10/2012

MOSCOW, October 22 - RAPSI, Diana Gutsul. On Monday, the Moscow Lefortovo District Court ruled to extend the arrest of Kazakh resident Ilya Pyanzin until January 25, the court told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.com).

Pyanzin and fellow suspect Adam Osmayev allegedly planned to assassinate Putin after the Russian presidential elections last March. Pyanzin and Osmayev were arrested in Ukraine and charged with several crimes, including plotting to assassinate an official, organizing a terrorist act, and belonging to a terrorist organization.

Thus the court upheld the investigator's application.

Pyanzin objected to holding the court hearing behind closed doors since he believes he has nothing to conceal and he wants people to know he is innocent.

Before the hearing, Pyanzin stated that he was innocent. "What rubbish!? I dont have anything to do with Russia. How can you plan to assassinate Putin in Odessa? I was forced to plead guilty in Ukraine," he said.

Pyanzin claimed he was detained after there was an explosion in his apartment.

"My neighbor was learning how to make homemade explosive devices. I was doing business in Odessa, planning to import clothes from Turkey," Pyanzin said.

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Attempted Putin assassination suspect to remain in custody

11:52 22/10/2012 On Monday, the Moscow Lefortovo District Court ruled to extend the arrest of Kazakh resident Ilya Pyanzin until January 25.
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