The president, head of the Chechen president's department of information denied the report that an assassination attempt against Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov was foiled by his bodyguards last week.
Lema Gudayev told Interfax on Tuesday morning, "All speculations are a pure imagination, they have no source," he said.
"At the said time the Chechen president was in a completely different place," he said.
He said "No raids or arrests of civilians were made either in Grozny or any other town."
Russia's online news agency Regnum said in a report, an assassination attempt against Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov was foiled by his bodyguards last week.
An attacker tried to shoot Kadyrov with a pistol at a public event in the town of Gudermes in Chechnya on the eve of his meeting with President Dmitry Medvedev, Regnum said late Monday, citing a local security officer.
The unidentified security officer was quoted by Regnum as saying: "The ability of the president's bodyguards and their equipment worked.... A tragedy was averted at the last moment. The attacker injured a bodyguard in the head."
Regnum said security forces across Chechnya had now been put on high alert.
Medvedev and pro-Russia Kadyrov met on Friday to discuss preparations for elections in Chechnya to the local parliament, which are due to be held in October.
Kadyrov's father, Akhmad Kadyrov, then also the president of Chechnya, was killed by a bomb blast during a military parade in a stadium in Grozny in May 2004
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