Israel detains Russian silovik for organizing murders ordered by Russian businessman
A former employee of the elite special forces unit got orders from an unnamed Russian businessman for a fee of $1 million.
Israel arrested 38-year-old native of Russia, who in the past allegedly served in the elite special forces unit, on suspicion of preparing two contract killings, Israeli police reported on Twitter. A confident Russian businessman ordered contract killings promising $1m.
According to investigators, in September 2017 the businessman turned to the ex-commando who lived in the city of Netanya with the request to kill two residents of Tel Aviv, age 45 and 51. According to the entrepreneur, potential victims owe him $16 million. The Maariv newspaper stated that the businessman gave the immigrant 10 thousand dollars "for running costs."
Later, the killer decided to abandon the assignment and contacted potential victims telling them about the threat. He made a fake photo of the murder with one of the victims, which sent to the Russian businessman. In response, he transferred another 15 thousand dollars and clarified that the second potential victim could pay him only half of the amount of debt - $8 million.
Victims turned to the police. The unsuccessful killer is arrested until the end of the investigation. The names of the customer, performer, and potential victims are not disclosed.