Revealed: How Putin received advice from Castro after assassination attempts

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During the interview, Mr Stone asks Putin about the attempts made on his life, and mentions that Castro also experienced the same problem, to which the Russian President made a stunning revelation. Putin said: "Yes I talked to Castro about that. "And he said to me – 'you know why I'm still alive', I asked him 'why?' "He said 'because I was always the one to deal with my security personally'."

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Castro, who died in November 2016 aged 90, is said to have been the subject of more than 600 assassination plots in his lifetime.

Most famous of these is the CIA's "exploding cigar" plan – although whether or not this was a legitimate strategy is still disputed.

Putin meanwhile is believed to have been the target for a group of Chechens, who planned to kill the president with a roadside bomb in 2012, the Times reported.

While in 2008, a man was arrested near Red Square with a rifle which he said he planned to use to kill him.

PutinPutin Castro (Image: getty)

CastroCastro and Putin in Havana- 2000 (Image: getty)

Regarding the attempts on his life, Putin spoke of his trust for his security who are tasked with guarding his every movement.

At the time of the interview, there had been five assassination attempts aimed at Putin.

He said: "I do my job, and the security officers

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