An Ethnic-Ingush citizen of Russia, Vasambeg Bokov, was sent to Georgia by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov to assassinate TV anchor Giorgi Gabunia, Mtavari Arkhi director Nika Gvaramia claimed at a press conference on June 15. According to Gvaramia, Georgian law enforcement authorities thwarted Bokov’s plot on June 12, having executed a special operation on Kavtaradze street in Tbilisi.
The State Security Service released a statement after Gvaramia’s public remarks upholding that a Russian national with initials V. B. was detained on charges of purchasing and possessing forged documents. The arrest came as part of an investigation into "preparation of murder by contract", the statement said. V. B. was seized as part of a larger investigation conducted by the Counter-Terrorism Center of the same agency, and by arresting the suspect, another, “graver” crime was averted - the Security Service stated.
Kadyrov has called the accusations of Mtavari TV ‘stupid’ and added that while Gabunia was his "enemy", he had no plans for murdering the journalist. Kadyrov also stated that Gabunia must ask for forgiveness as ‘he insulted the Russian nation, not only the president’ and recommended the Georgian government to take measures which will help to ‘re-educate the so-called journalist.’ "Giorgi Gabunia had better go down on his knees and ask for forgiveness… Otherwise, he will, I repeat, remain my enemy," he added.
Kadyrov also played his masculine card, saying that when he ‘orders something, it is always done.’ "Trust me, if someone is acting on my orders, he will carry them out," he wrote on the messaging app Telegram (in Russian). And, definitely not many will be surprised if Kadyrov is indeed behind the assassination plot.
Kadyrov has also threatened Gabunia a year ago when the insulting video was first aired - “The world is full of millions of young people who are deeply reverent of Putin. Gabunia better hide behind seven fences, because the first person he encounters will do to him what he deserves”.
For the backstory (full story) please read the BBC article.