Trace of Russian special services found in murder of Chechen man in Berlin

Trace of Russian special services found in murder of Chechen man in Berlin
Vadim Sokolov

The shooter passed the border control but the Rospasport base has no info on him.

The suspect in the murder of Zamimkhan Khangoshvili, an accomplice of Shamil Basayev, arrived in Berlin from Russia via France using a fresh passport with information that is not in the Rospasport database. Either it has been removed after the incident, or the killer crossed the border in a special procedure. Both ways are possible with the assistance of Russian special services, stated a material by The Insider, Bellingcat and Der Spiegel.

The passport of the suspect in the murder of the Georgian of Chechen origin was issued in the name of Vadim Andreyevich Sokolov. It is allegedly registered as residing in St. Petersburg; date of birth is August 20, 1970. An international group of journalists found that all the information was false.

The passport was issued on July 18, 2019, 10 days before the trip to Berlin. On July 29, Sokolov submitted a visa application to the French consulate, indicating July 30 as departure date. On August 23 Khangoshvili was attacked.

German investigators said the suspect has tattoos: a panther and a crown on his left shoulder and a snake below his elbow. According to the Russian prison culture, the tattoos mean that their carrier is at a high level in the thieves' hierarchy, the group of investigators found out.

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