Has the Russian state ordered the murder of a Georgian in Berlin?
Heavy stress tests for German-Russian political relations: in the case of the possible contractual killing of the Georgian citizen Zelimkhan Khangoshvili (†, 41) in the month of August in the district of Moabit in Berlin, the federal prosecutor now wants to investigate: the wake of murders brings in the Russian center of power!
This reported "Der Spiegel" and the ARD. According to authorities, the suspect arrested in the capital after the attack could have acted on behalf of the Russian authorities.
The question now is: has the Russian state around President Vladimir Putin (67) taken a contract killer and sent him to Berlin?
The Federal Attorney General is in charge of the investigation and prosecution in all cases that affect in particular the internal and external security of the country. In addition to terrorism, espionage and betrayal, these include crimes with a foreign policy dimension.
"We have evidence that behind the foreign intelligence service, so the federal prosecutor wants to investigate further this week," the Reuters news agency learned Tuesday from the legal circles.
The one guilty
As a result, there was a breakthrough in the investigation: the suspect arrested in custody and under the alias identity "Vadim Sokolov" in Germany had identified himself as a suspected murderer of a man. Russian business in 2013.
As reported by "Der Spiegel", the passport with the specified name was not stored in the Russian national passport database. Furthermore, the address indicated for the EU visa was incorrect.
After the news of "Spiegel", "Bellingcat", "The Dossier Center", "The Insider" and the research network of "Süddeutsche Zeitung", the NDR and WDR forensic experts arrived at the true identity of the prisoner . His picture over 80% agrees with that of a suspected murderer in a case of 2013. He too approached his victim with a bicycle.
Consequently, it is the Russian citizen Vadim Krasikov (54).
► An international arrest warrant for him in 2014 is said to have been withdrawn from Russia after a year, so investigators have come on his trail.
The fact of August beat the waves for a long time, there have been repeated speculations about the murder of a contract. The Kremlin rejected any involvement in the crime.
Khangoshvili was killed on a bicycle in two shots on August 23 in full daylight (12 noon) in the Kleiner Tiergarten in Berlin. The possible contract killer had shot him insidiously from behind, behind and overhead.
The suspect was arrested, the murder weapon (Glock 26) and the suspected escape bicycle seized by the police. The victim would have fought against Russia in the second Chechen war (1999-2009). According to this, according to the "Spiegel" report for Georgia and Ukraine worked against Russian interests.
It is said that the man attempted a murder in May 2015 in the Georgian capital Tbilisi, which survived injured. After escaping from Georgia, the man applied for asylum in Germany. Lives there since 2016.
In Russia, he is said to have been run as a terrorist. He was considered an Islamist threat by the German authorities. But a year ago this status was withdrawn.