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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Telephone Calls Told of Putin Plot

Several anonymous phone calls prompted security services to warn President Vladimir Putin about a possible attempt on his life during a trip to Iran last week, Interfax reported Tuesday.

Several callers rang up the Russian Embassy in Tehran in the days before Putin's trip and warned about a plot to assassinate him, Interfax said, citing an unidentified official with an unidentified Russian security service.

The callers, who did not identify themselves, said three groups of suicide killers linked to an international terrorist organization were behind the plot, the official said.

Interfax earlier reported that information about the plot had been received from multiple foreign sources.

Putin brushed off the warning about a possible attempt on his life and visited Tehran for talks on the status of the Caspian Sea on Oct. 16. "If I listened to all the different threats and the recommendations from the special services, I would never leave home," he said at a news conference in Germany on Oct. 15.