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    A Russian murder in Berlin

    A killing in Berlin raises uncomfortable questions about Germany’s relationship with Vladimir Putin


    German police and forensic officers at the murder scene.

    9/3/19
    On Aug. 23, an assailant gunned down a Chechen dissident during broad daylight at a park in the center of Berlin, just a short walk from the office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Now, a week later, Germans are still agonizing over the shooting’s likely effect on their country’s relationship with Russia. The victim, Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, was a 40-year-old ethnic Chechen from Georgia. Starting around 2001, he fought on the rebel side — against Russian troops — during the Second Chechen War. Khangoshvili had already received a number of threats, and had survived two previous attempts on his life, before fleeing to Germany, where he applied for political asylum and entered into cooperation with law enforcement authorities. Khangoshvili’s suspected killer was captured near the scene after throwing his pistol —which reportedly had been equipped with a silencer — into a canal. Police discovered that he was carrying a Russian passport in the name of Vadim Sokolov, and they soon determined that he had arrived a few days earlier from Moscow. Der Spiegel and Bellingcat are now reporting evidence that the man’s passport ties him to the Russian security service, known as the FSB. You don’t need to be a conspiracy theorist to suspect that the Kremlin is behind this latest incident. So you might think that Germany’s leaders would react with horror and indignation — as countries generally do in cases of foreign-orchestrated assassinations on their soil. Yet, you’d be wrong. German politicians have been conspicuous by their silence; almost none have reacted to the news.

    Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who was in Moscow two days before the killing in Berlin occurred, has remained silent. Shortly after the assassination, the leaders of four states in eastern Germany called for Russia to be invited back into the Group of Seven. Many Germans probably agree with them. Despite Moscow’s annexation of Crimea five years ago and its continuing orchestration of conflict in eastern Ukraine, many in Germany want better relations with Russia. Quite a few Germans (many politicians among them) support the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline across the Baltic Sea. Critics say that Putin is using the project to divide the European Union and to finance his war in Ukraine. Yet they remain in the minority. German business leaders routinely denounce sanctions against Russia. German state broadcaster Deutsche Welle bent over backwards to avoid blaming the Kremlin. Germans’ incredible naivete about Russia isn´t likely to change — even if there is clear proof of Russian government involvement in the Berlin killing. Needless to say, conclusive evidence will be difficult to come by, given the nature of Moscow’s intelligence operations abroad. It’s difficult to escape the impression that most members of the political elite (and many ordinary citizens, as well) prefer not to look too closely at the incident. Murder is so messy, after all — especially when it’s committed right in the middle of your capital, in full view of witnesses. Why let something like that get in the way of a flourishing relationship?
    As has been demonstrated repeatedly, ignoring Kremlin crimes only leads to more Kremlin crimes.


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    Re: A Russian murder in Berlin

    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue Valley View Post
    A killing in Berlin raises uncomfortable questions about Germany’s relationship with Vladimir Putin


    German police and forensic officers at the murder scene.



    As has been demonstrated repeatedly, ignoring Kremlin crimes only leads to more Kremlin crimes.
    i feel that its connected to this story Silent Finito of khan Juchi project : russian exports to Turkey, southeast Europe squeezed by LNG,
    and nord stream 2
    Karl Marx : "The bloody mire of Mongolian slavery, not the rude glory of the Norman epoch, forms the cradle of Muscovy, and modern "Russia" is but a metamorphosis of Muscovy."

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