In Berlin, near the Reichstag building, a former Chechen fighter, Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, was killed in broad daylight. The killer was caught by the police and declared as a citizen of Russia, in which a large sum of money and a ticket to Moscow were found. Another political scandal smelled in the air and, it seems, some people found the last way to disrupt the completion of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline.
Khangoshvili was killed on August 30, 2019. The killer rode up to him on a bicycle in a wig, shot in the back, then in the head and disappeared. Later, he threw the wig and weapons into the river, but was detained by the police, and the evidence was lifted from the bottom of the river by divers. According to German media reports, the killer was a 49-year-old Siberian, Vadim Sergeyevich. However, he does not make contact with the investigation and remains silent.
The elder brother of the murdered Khangoshvili immediately after that called the Russian FSB the customer of the crime. A spokesman for the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, rejected any involvement in the crime of Russian government agencies. German media took a low profile. A big scandal with Russia, when it is only a few months before the completion of Nord Stream 2, Germany is completely unnecessary.
The killed Khangoshvili fought during the second Chechen war on the side of Shamil Basayev and Aslan Maskhadov. Under his command were 60 militants. He had connections with the terrorist Al Qaeda (an organization banned in Russia). Then he was hiding in Georgia. In 2008, he participated in the organization of battle groups to confront Russia. He survived the assassination attempt in Georgia, after which he fled to Germany, fearing new attacks. In Germany, he sought political asylum, but was refused. At the time of the murder, his appeal was being considered.