Chechen wife of Russian man accused of plotting to kill Putin shot dead in Kiev

FRENCH PRESS AGENCY - AFP
KIEV
Published 31.10.2017 00:23
Updated 31.10.2017 11:22
Amina Okuyeva, the wife of a Chechen man accused by Russia of plotting to kill President Vladimir Putin, is seen during a rally in central Kiev, Ukraine August 13, 2017. Picture taken August 13, 2017. (REUTERS Photo)
Amina Okuyeva, the wife of a Chechen man accused by Russia of plotting to kill President Vladimir Putin, is seen during a rally in central Kiev, Ukraine August 13, 2017. Picture taken August 13, 2017. (REUTERS Photo)

A Chechen volunteer soldier who was accused of plotting to kill Russian President Vladimir Putin was wounded and his wife killed Monday when their car was attacked near Kiev.

The apparent assassination was the latest involving high-profile figures in Ukraine who bitterly opposed Russia.

Ukrainian interior ministry adviser Anton Gerashchenko said Amina Okuyeva died and her husband Adam Osmayev was injured when their car was hit by a hail of bullets while crossing a railroad track.

"Adam Osmayev was wounded, but he will live," Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook.

"I just spoke to him by phone."

Interior ministry spokesman Yaroslav Trakalo confirmed Okuyeva's death to the Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

Osmayev was in 2012 accused by the Russian authorities of plotting to kill Putin.

He was held for two years in a Ukrainian prison but never extradited to Russia.

Osmayev survived one assassination attempt in Kiev on June 1. The assailant was shot dead by Okuyeva on that occasion.

The husband and wife team fought as volunteers alongside Ukrainian forces battling Russian-backed insurgents in the east of the war-scarred state.

Monday's incident occurred less than a week after Ukraine opened a terror probe into a bombing attack that wounded a nationalist Ukrainian lawmaker in Kiev.

Radical Party member Igor Mosiychuk was walking out of a television studio after giving an interview Wednesday when an explosive device went off near a scooter parked on the street.

Mosiychuk's bodyguard died on the way to hospital and a passerby was killed at the scene.

Both Mosiychuk and Ukrainian prosecutors said they suspected the Russian security services of being behind the attack.

That blast was the latest in a string of politically charged bombings to have hit the Ukrainian capital since last year.

Former Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov -- a Kremlin critic who had moved to Kiev -- was gunned down in broad daylight in the Ukrainian capital in March.

A car bomb killed journalist Pavlo Sheremet in July 2016. The independent Ukrainska Pravda news site's reporter had denounced the political courses taken by both Russia and Ukraine.

And a colonel with the Ukrainian defense ministry's intelligence service was killed when his car exploded in Kiev in June.

All three cases remain unsolved and Russia rejects all charges of involvement.

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