Zelimkhan Khangoshvili. Screenshot of the video by RTVI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXdsheYI1bU

31 August 2019, 10:35

Journalists tell about Russian special services' trace in Khangoshvili's murder

The alleged killer of Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, a native of the Pankisi Gorge, arrived in Germany by the passport to the name of Vadim Sokolov, a resident of Saint Petersburg, but there is no such person in the databases, the authors of an international journalistic investigation have stated. The Chechen blogger, Tumso Abdurakhmanov, called on European Chechens to hold a protest action in Berlin with a demand of an inquiry into Khangoshvili's murder.

The above 49-year-old Russian citizen was arrested on suspicion of committing the murder. German investigators are working through the version of political motives for the murder' while intelligence agencies of several NATO countries do not rule out the involvement of Russian agents in the crime, German mass media have reported.

The press secretary of the Russian president has stated that Russian authorities have nothing to do with Khangoshvili's murder.

The journalists of the Insider, Bellingcat and Der Spiegel have found that, by a number of signs, the man arrested within the case of Khangoshvili's murder was connected with Russian special services. It is noted that without support of special services, he would have hardly received a visa and passed the border control by this document.

It is also noted that the arrested man has specific tattoos, which may indicate his status of a criminal authority.

The Chechen blogger, Tumso Abdurakhmanov, has suggested that without vigorous public actions, German authorities will try to "hush down" the Khangoshvili's case to avoid a loud international scandal.

Khangoshvili's name wasn't popular in Chechnya, although he took part in the second Chechen War, the residents of the republic interviewed by the "Caucasian Knot" assert.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on August 30, 2019 at 10:01 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Source: CK correspondent

All news

October 19, 2019 09:19

  • Complaint to ECtHR gives hope for inquiry into torture of alleged gay Altemirov

    Volunteers of the Russian LGBT Network have evacuated almost 160 people from Chechnya and continue helping local homosexuals. According to the complaint filed by the Network in the interests of the murdered Chechen resident, Arbi Altemirov, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg may oblige Russia to investigate the case.

October 19, 2019 09:17

  • HRC "Memorial" reports kidnapping in Chechnya

    Ramzan Shaikhaev, who was visiting Chechnya as a guest, was detained for a month by law enforcers without explanations; and on September 9, he disappeared, the Human Rights Centre (HRC) "Memorial" has informed. His acquaintances believe that Shaikhaev had drawn law enforcers' attention because of his "suspicious" beard.

October 19, 2019 09:16

October 19, 2019 09:13

October 18, 2019 23:56

News archive