In the chilling image a superimposed ISIS militant weilding a Kalashnikov stands in front of a stadium packed with football fans.
In the background, the Russian President is pictured in the crosshairs below a series of mocked-up explosions.
The sinister threat, overlaid on the image, reads: “Russia 2018. Putin you disbeliever. You will pay the price for killing Muslims.”
Russia is thought to be vulnerable to ISIS terror attacks given its military operations against the jihadist group in Syria, according to security analysts.
Millions of football fans across the globe will travel to Russia and tune in to watch the 2018 World Cup, held in June and July.
Matthew Henman, head of Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre (JTIC) at the London-based IHS Markit, said the tournament could be the perfect opportunity for ISIS to take revenge against Russia.
“A successful attack [in Russia] would provide a tremendous propaganda boost for the ISIS and its fighters and supporters, underlining the ongoing international threat posed by the group despite its territorial defeat,” he said in a report.
“While security will be extremely high across the course of the tournament, low-capability attacks by lone actors with no evident markers of radicalisation remain extremely difficult to identify preemptively and there remains a substantial risk of an attack successfully being conducted.”
“Putin you disbeliever. You will pay the price for killing Muslims”
The participation of countries that have launched attacks against ISIS, such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, could be another motivation for the group to carry out terror.
Russian security services are on high alert for a potential attack on the tournament, either on stadiums or gatherings of fans.
Last year, FSB director Alexander Bortnikov underlined the threat facing Russia, warning that after “military defeat” in Syria and Iraq, terrorists are rebasing to former Soviet countries and seeking to penetrate Russia.
Some 20,000 citizens of states on Russia’s borders are suspected of involvement in terrorist or extremist religious organisations, he said.
The threat of confrontation with ultras is extremely high
“The terrorist tactics have been changing,” he said.
“The leaders of international terrorist organisations are encouraging their supporters to carry out the so-called ‘autonomous jihad’.”
Extremists have been posting videos and pictures on a secretive messaging app detailing their evil plans to murder players and fans at the World Cup.
Sick images show terror nuts believed to be returning to Russia from Syria and Iraq building weaponised drones.
Security sources say ISIS could equip the Unmanned Armed Vehicles with chemical or bacterial substances to devastating effect at the tournament.