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Was Vladimir Putin Nearly Assassinated?

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Russian President Putin. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

Report Claims Putin Survived An Assassination Attempt – A report from Euro Weekly News on Thursday alleged that Russian President Vladimir Putin survived an assassination attempt this week.

According to the outlet, which cited a Kremlin insider who spoke to the General GVR Telegram channel, the assassination attempt took place on Wednesday, September 14.

The anonymous Kremlin insider claimed that the front wheel of the Russian president’s car was “hit by a loud bang,” and that smoke quickly followed. The car was then driven to safety, and the Russian president was whisked away.

Local media reports described a man driving an ambulance “blocking the first car from the motorcade.”

The insider said that the Russian president was unharmed by the attack, but that several arrests have been made by the security services. Among those who were taken by the authorities was the head of Putin’s bodyguard service and other members of his security detail. The Kremlin insider also claimed that the president’s movements had been compromised.

“On the way to the residence, a few kilometres away, the first escort car was blocked by an ambulance, [and] the second escort car drove around without stopping [due to the] sudden obstacle, and during the detour of the obstacle,” the insider claimed.

A total of three members of Putin’s security detail appear to have been arrested.

19FortyFive cannot verify the accuracy of the report, though the reports were reproduced by British newspapers The Express, The Mirror, and the Daily Mail.

The General SVR Telegram account has proven extremely popular among Ukraine war analysts and followers throughout the invasion, though the identity of the person who runs the account is unknown. Some believe that the owner of the account is a former member of Russia’s foreign intelligence service.

Putin Attacked As Response to Russian Failure? 

The alleged assassination attempt reportedly took place two weeks after the Ukrainian military launched its largest counteroffensive against Russian officials since the war began on February 24, suggesting that the attack was the culmination of the growing resentment of the Russian president for his inability to achieve his stated military goals.

Given that Putin’s movements were allegedly compromised, and his own bodyguards were detained by the authorities, it appears to suggest that the incident was an inside job.

The report describes a “narrow circle of people” who knew about the president’s movements, and that “all of them were from the presidential security service.”

No additional information has been revealed since the initial report and the Kremlin has not commented on the attack.


Putin at St Petersburg International Economic Forum plenary session. Photo: TASS

The attack comes as Russian politicians call for the president’s resignation, and as he faces tough decisions about what to do in the wake of the Kremlin’s first admitted defeat in Ukraine. The Kremlin officially admitted defeat in Kharkiv this week after initially claiming that fleeing troops were “regrouping” to be redeployed in the Donbas region.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.



  1. D Allen

    September 15, 2022 at 4:33 pm

    It would be nice if this story could be Verified one way or the other.

  2. A. C.

    September 15, 2022 at 5:39 pm

    Does the Russian government get tires for Putin’s car from the same supplier that the Russian Army gets tires for its utility transport trucks? Or at least come from the same manufacturer? If so it could just be the tires.

  3. TrustbutVerify

    September 15, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    It was reported so make what you will of it, but it is probably Russian maskirovka – he fakes an attack to gin up sympathy or anger in his populace, get them to think he is in danger, etc. etc. Rally around the leader type of thing.

    As the old saying goes, if you are going to take a shot at the king, you better not miss and you better kill him. Nobody knows that better than the Russians. If they had really set up that sort of thing, there would have been more than a “bang and some smoke” around the front tires leaving the car drivable.

  4. macky

    September 15, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    so the assassination attempt is as successful as the
    russian armies in Ukraine, lol!

  5. Roger V Tranfaglia

    September 15, 2022 at 6:46 pm


  6. joe

    September 15, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    Berter luck next time, SOON!

  7. Mirror Looking Back

    September 15, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    So he had a defeat and admitted it.
    Welcome to the REAL world.
    These snowflake pussjobs just have no clue to the way things work in their sissy little participation trophy worlds.

    Wars suck period, and yes you DO lose some battles. They want to act like oh he lost this skirmish, he’s incompetent. Really? name ONE war that was ever fought that both sides didn’t take casualties? NONE!!

    Grow up people, you are pathetic.

  8. Greg

    September 15, 2022 at 11:52 pm

    What a bunch of speculative bull poop. The Western media now is little more than gossip.

  9. Bill Lezatio

    September 16, 2022 at 12:20 am

    How to know. We only get what is on the news and the news only tells us what they want us to know. It really is an infowar.

  10. Roger

    September 16, 2022 at 11:18 am

    The first admitted defeat was pulling back from Kiev and focusing on the east. So much of this story seemed biased and slanted. Russia has a long history of failures in the past 203 days of fighting, their casualties are unsustainable and the losses of equipment will take them decades to recover from. They have lost over 100 officers (many generals) in Ukraine and he fired 7 this last week. I wish stories like this were to educated us to the facts, and not to push a political theory for the author or who ever the author is loyal to politically.

  11. Right Wing Weekend Warrior (NG)

    September 16, 2022 at 1:57 pm

    Considering Putin was a colonel in the KGB it’s probably misdirection… Those who remember the 1980’s will know the assassination attempt succeeded when Putin can’t make an appearance because of a ‘cold’ (cough, cough)…


    September 16, 2022 at 2:14 pm

    Good point. This article assumes far too much and is highly partisan to the left and deep state. I believe none of it at all !

  13. John Smith

    September 16, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    @Mirror Looking Back
    You sound like a Putin sympathizer. Maybe you should move to Moscow, I heard the food lines aren’t as long as they once were. Idiot.

  14. wesley bruce

    September 16, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    This does not sound like a particularly well planned attack. Tracible vehicles like ambulances are a bit amateurish. Movie stuff. It would not surprise me if this was a decoy assassination to force Putin to go to a lockdown location where he’s then contained or detained. There was a ‘who done it’ where a fake ambush was used to send someone to a “safe house” where the person was kidnapped. Has Putin appeared in public since?

  15. Ben Colder

    September 19, 2022 at 11:54 am

    If it is true we will not know anytime soon If it really did happen it ought to wake Adolf up that he is not the hot shot he wants everyone to think the guy has really blundered in Ukraine the last week or so .They try it once they will try again probably the only way they will get rid of him .I can’t believe he has been on the scene for as long as he has.How do we know what is being reported out of Ukraine is totally on the up and up what they are saying and what really is happening there is no way of knowing for sure .

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