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Video/Pics: Tucker Carlson assassination attempted in Russia: Report

Tucker Carlson speaks at Turning Point USA's AmericaFest 2022 on Dec. 17, 2022 in Phoenix. (Brian Cahn/ZUMA Press Wire/TNS)
February 26, 2024

A new report claims that a native Russian has been arrested for the attempted assassination of Tucker Carlson, a former Fox News host who traveled to Moscow earlier this month to interview Russian President Vladimir Putin. The report also claims that Ukraine’s Main Directorate of Intelligence offered to pay the man $4,000.

In a Monday afternoon post on X, formerly Twitter, Simon Ateba, the chief White House correspondent for Today News Africa, wrote, “A man has just been arrested in Moscow, accused of being paid by Ukrainian intelligence to plant an explosive device on Tucker Carlson’s vehicle and assassinate the prominent American journalist while he was there to interview Putin.”

The Gateway Pundit reported Monday that the Russian media website released a video allegedly showing Vasiliev Pyotr Alexeieovich, a 35-year-old Russian native, reading a prepared script that described an assassination plot against Carlson.

In the video, Alexeievich claims that he was recruited by the Main Directorate of Intelligence of Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense in November of 2023 and was trained in “special communications” and in the collection and detonation of explosive devices.

Alexeievich claimed he was given a mission on January 31 to obtain an explosive device and place it under a vehicle at Moscow’s Four Seasons Hotel’s parking garage. The vehicle was allegedly going to be used to transport Carlson as he was in Moscow to interview Putin.

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Alexeievich claimed he was offered $4,000 for the completion of the mission; however, the Russian native explained that he was detained during the planning process and he was “sorry” for his actions. Asked who the intended target was, the man said, “American journalist Tucker Carlson.”

The Gateway Pundit reported that the Russian news website’s report has not yet been verified.

The video of Alexeievich’s interrogation was posted on social media Monday by the account “KanekoaTheGreat.” The X account also shared photos allegedly of the Four Seasons Hotel’s parking garage and the explosive device obtained by Russian counter-terrorist forces.