Tensions are rising between Germany and Russia. On Monday, December 20, the latter announced the expulsion of two German ambassadors, accusing Moscow of ordering the assassination of a Chechen opponent in Germany in 2019 in response to a similar move by Berlin last week.
“The Russian side categorically denies unsubstantiated and disconnected allegations of involvement of Russian government structures in this crime.”The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The ministry, which did not specify when the diplomats would leave the country, pointed to Russia “We will continue to respond adequately and proportionately to any attack on Berlin.” Russian response, according to German diplomacy “Absolutely unfair”, va “Weigh the Relationships More” Bilateral.
On December 15, the Berlin court A Russian man with a vague identity has been sentenced to life in prison For the assassination of a former Chechen separatist militant who is a citizen of Georgia In a park in Berlin, August 23, 2019. Olaf Arnoldi, President of the Court, Directly involved Russian officials said they had “Defendant ordered to disperse victim”. Following the verdict, Berlin announced the expulsion of two Russian ambassadors. Moscow, which has always denied any involvement, has condemned a verdict “Politics”.
The killer is a FSB member
Former Chechen separatist leader Georgian Jelimkhan Dornike Kongoville, 40, fought against Russian forces between 2000 and 2004. He has been living in Germany with his family since 2016, where he applied for asylum.
He is the victim“Execution with cold blood”, Said the head of the court. His killer was named by lawyer Vadim Krasikov, 56. “Commander of the Special Cell of the FSB of the Russian Secret Service”. The latter came to Berlin “Completely Invisible”, According to the ruling, creating a detour via Paris, and then via Warsaw, before reaching the German capital.
The facts happened at lunch: the killer, riding a bicycle, came up behind the victim and shot him twice using a silencer, before ending him with a bullet to the head, empty, according to the prosecutor. He was arrested near the scene of the extensive murder of the large Dyergarden Park.
Throughout his interrogation, the accused denied the identity given to him by the government and said no “I don’t know anyone” Krasikov responded to the name. Through the voice of his lawyer Robert Unger, he was called Vadim Sokolov. “Russian, Single and Civil Engineer”, 50 years old. During the investigation, however, several clues were found to strengthen the case’s sentence on the identity of the accused, for example, Krasiko’s personal photo shows two similar tattoos of the suspect.
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