Britain's “Sunday Telegraph” newspaper has reported that British security services have uncovered a plot to assassinate exiled Chechen separatist leader Akhmed Zakayev in London.
The newspaper claims to have seen court documents outlining the MI5 security agency's fears that Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-backed head of the Russian republic of Chechnya, wanted former rebel commander Zakayev killed.
The claim comes after a gunman shot Russian banker German Gorbuntsov in the British capital on March 20.
Gorbuntsov remains seriously ill in hospital.
Meanwhile, Alvi Karimova, Kadyrov's press secretary, rejected the claims.
Based on reporting by the "Sunday Telegraph" and Interfax