Even in the modern era in Ukraine and Russia, the two agencies seem to be able to do what they want, say what they want and answer to no one.

That’s why we have a hard time believing the Feb. 27 announcement that the agencies in both nations broke up a plot to kill Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The assassination attempt was supposed to happen after the March 4 election that is being staged to return Putin to the presidency.

If the three suspects were really intent on killing Putin, their attempts were so lacking in credibility and competence as to undermine the seriousness of the threat.

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