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The victim is a Chechen opponent killed in Berlin in August 2019MALOTRU - The victim is a Chechen opponent killed in Berlin in August 2019
The very political trial of a Russiansuspected of having killed a Chechen in Berlin on alleged orders from Moscow began on Wednesday in the German capital against the backdrop of between the two countries. The man, named by the prosecution as Vadim Krasikov or Vadim Sokolov, is appearing for the slaughter in the summer of 2019 of a Georgian from the country's Chechen minority who was 40 years old and identified as Tornike Kavtarashvili.
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He faces a life sentence. The murder took place in broad daylight in the heart of Berlin, in Tiergarten . Asked about his identity at the start of the hearing, the 55-year-old accused did not wish to speak himself but indicated by a statement read by one of his lawyers, Robert Unger, that he was called Vadim Sokolov, that he was "Russian, single and a construction engineer". He therefore denied his name is Vadim Krasikov. “I don't know anyone by that name,” the lawyer said.Russia refutes
According to the Federal Prosecutor's Office in charge of terrorism and espionage cases, the accused was assigned to "liquidate" the Georgian on behalf of "bodies linked to the central government of the Russian Federation". Russia has denied any involvement. And the alleged perpetrator has so far remained silent on the facts. The affair has plagued German-Russian relations for more than a year. Frictions have escalated further recently after the probable poisoning in late August of Kremlin opponent Alexei Navalny, who has since fled to Berlin for treatment.
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A court specializing in matters relating to state security at the Berlin court is responsible for conducting the trial, which should last at least until the end of January 2021. According to the prosecution, the suspected hitman would have completed a "State mission, either to be paid, or because he shared the motivations of his clients to kill a political opponent (...) and as retaliation for his involvement" in a conflict against Russia.Facts dating back to the summer of 2019
The facts took place on August 23, 2019, around noon, according to the indictment: the Russian, traveling by bicycle, approached his victim and shot the first time from a distance with a silencer, before finishing him off with two bullets at close range to the head. Witnesses spoke of an "execution". He was arrested near the scene the same day after being observed disposing of his bicycle and weapon in the River Spree. He has been in prison ever since.
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According to Der Spiegel magazine and investigative journalism platform Bellingcat, Vadim Krasikov, according to the identity revealed by the German magazine, was trained by the Russian secret service FSB. A former Chechen separatist leader, the downed Georgian had fought against Russian forces between 2000 and 2004 and since 2016 lived with his family in Germany where he had applied for asylum, after surviving two assassination attempts in his country original. President Vladimir Putin called him a "very cruel and bloodthirsty fighter". Russia has claimed to have requested his extradition.
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