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Germany Expels Two Russian Diplomats Over Murder of Ex-Chechen Fighter In Berlin

by Cathy Drummond

Contributing Writer for Telegraph Local / See

From something that sounds like a spy novel, written in the tradition of Ian Fleming’s “From Russia, with Love, but apparently love has nothing to do with this. Being filled with all the intrigue, death, and spy stuff that can be packed into a hour and a half action movie, this, unfortunately, was real life.  

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin

According to a BBC news report,, on August 23, 2019, a man was shot in Kleiner Tiergarten park in Moabit in central Berlin Germany. The victim, Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, was an ex-Chechen Rebel who had been seeking asylum for several years, along with his family, in Germany at the time of his death.

German officials have alleged that Russia is behind this plot, being carried out by a supposed Russian national named Vladim S. Vladim S. has alledgedly been linked to other assassination attempts and a killing of a Russian businessman back in 2013, done allegedly on behalf of the Russian Government, with ties to the present Chechen ruler.

Evidently, this killing may represent some type of vendetta on the part of the Russian Oligarch, headed by Vladimir Putin, as way to silence past opposition forces, albeit past, future, and or even the present. It could be proposed by some, that this way this may deter any future tendencies to take up arms against Vladimir Putin’s Russian controlled government. And help to silence present critics.


During the 2001 – 2005 Chechen/Russian conflict, Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, fought alongside Asian Maskhadovthe, the Chechen rebel leader at that time, who himself was killed in 2005, And, because of his previous involvement with this Chechen Rebel Leadder, it is believed a prior attempt was made on Khangoshvili’s life in 2015. Zelimkhan Khangoshvili himself believed that that particular assassination attempt, where he was shot eight times but managed to survive, was because of this previous involvement in that armed conflict then being waged against Russia, according to Tamta Mikeladze, a Georgian Attorney.

And, subsequently, after hearing this account from Khangoshvili, Ms Mikeladze’s and her Human Rights group, “Human Rights Education and Monitoring Center” (EMC), got involved with Mr. Khangoshvili’s dilemma after the slow walk on the case being conducted by the Georgian Prosecutors at the time.

Fast Forward

And, so, back to the present, and according to a NBC News, after this most recent atrocity carried out on August 23, 2019, Germany has expelled two yet unnamed Russian diplomats in connection with this case. Some, referencing to Russian involvement in this particular case, has often referred to this act as a “contract” killing, being carried out on the behalf of the Russian government, some may holler foul, because this “contract” killing was executed on German soil. However, regardless of the location of the violence, it cannot and or does not diminish the condemnation, and utter atrocity and blatant disregard for human life being connected with any act of violence being waged against another.


Other acts of the Russian government’s inspired involvement and violence being conducted on foreign soil have been well documented in Europe. The poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, in 2018 in Salisbury, England, with alleged Russian government involvement at that time as well comes to mind. (Cnn world).   However, this is the very first such (documented) case of this type of a foreign government, Russia, related espionage ever occurring in Germany being seen in modern time.  

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