Suspected Assassin in The Berlin Killing Used Fake Identity Documents

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

What we know so far

Last Friday, 23 August 2019, Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, a Georgian citizen living in Germany, was assassinated in downtown Berlin while having lunch on the way to a mosque for Friday prayer. Khangoshvili was assassinated with three bullets, two of them shot at close range into his head. The killer, who was hiding in nearby bushes, rushed toward the victim on an electric bike and shot his victim – once in the shoulder and twice in the head – using a 9mm Glock 26 with an attached silencer. After speeding away from the crime-scene for a few hundred meters along the Spree river, the assassin stopped and jettisoned the electric bike, a plastic bag with the murder weapon, and a wig he was using, into the river. It was in doing so that he was observed by two teenagers who alerted the police. Their tips that lead to the killer being caught a few minutes later, just as he was minging into the tourist crowd – now sporting a clean-shaven head, a mustachioed face, a pink t-shirt, and a touristy neck-suspended pouch holding his passport and some cash.

Media has reported that the suspect, , who has so far been publicly referred to as Vadim S, 49, initially travelled by air from Moscow to Paris on a French-issued visa, before crossing into Germany 6 days before the murder. He has reportedly denied any involvement in the murder and has requested to meet Russian consular officials.

The victim was an ethnically Chechen Georgian citizen who had long been on the list of Moscow’s declared enemies. Having volunteered to fight against the central Russian armed forces in the second Chechen war in 1999-2002, he continued supporting Chechen separatists from Georgia’s Pankisi Valley in the ensuing years. He also recruited and armed …read more

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