The Russian security service FSB announced on Saturday that it had foiled a Ukrainian-backed assassination plot two prominent Russian journaliststhe Interfax news agency reported.

As the agency said, yesterday Friday it arrested a “unspecified number of people” who, as he claims, had carried out reconnaissance visits near the homes and workplaces of well-known journalists in Russia Margarita Simonyan and Xenia Sobchak.

Margarita Simonian

There was no immediate comment from Ukraine, which has previously denied involvement in the killings of pro-war figures in Russia.

Interfax cited the FSB as saying that those arrested admitted to preparing attacks targeting the two women on behalf of Ukraine and that they had been promised a reward 16,620 for each.

Simonyan, head of state broadcaster RT and a staunch supporter of Russia’s war in Ukraine, posted a message on Telegram about the alleged plan calling on security services to “keep working, brothers!”.

Sobchak is a famous journalist and TV presenter, and in 2018 she was a candidate for the country’s presidency.

Two prominent figures in Russia and supporters of the war –journalist Darya Dugina and military blogger Vladlen Tatarsky- were killed in bombings in Russia last year.


Margarita Simonian

Russia attributed the killings to Ukraine, while Kiev denied it and described it as a sign of Russian internal strife.

In May a prominent Russian nationalist writer, Zakhar Prilepin, was injured in a car bombing that killed his driver.

Investigators announced that a suspect was arrested, who admitted to acting on behalf of Ukraine.