US accuses Russia of killing Khangoshvili

US accuses Russia of killing Khangoshvili
Zelimkhan Hangoshvili

The United States fears that Moscow might be building a campaign against its alleged enemies.

The US believes that the Russian authorities are behind the murder of Georgian citizen Zelimkhan Khangoshvili in Berlin, The Wall Street Journal said citing an anonymous source.

The source did not go into the details of the crime but noted that "only the Russian authorities" could have issued the killer’s passport.

The US’s statement on Moscow’s possible involvement in the killing of Khangoshvili was made for the first time; the concerns are that Moscow might be building a campaign against its alleged enemies.

Earlier, a joint publication by The Insider, Bellingcat and Der Spiegel had stated that the Russian intelligence agencies might have been behind the Khangoshvili murder.

Zelimkhan Khangoshvili was a Georgian citizen of Chechen descent, who was shot dead in Berlin on August 23. The shooter had approached him on a bicycle, fired a gun with a silencer at the head and tried to escape. The police detained a 49-year-old Russian suspect.

According to a number of media reports, Khangoshvili was one of the close associates of the Chechen militant leader Shamil Basayev and the president of the self-proclaimed Ichkeria, Aslan Maskhadov. In 2002, Russia issued an arrest warrant for Khangoshvili on suspicion of terrorism. The militant spent the recent years in Georgia, and sought political asylum in Germany after an assassination attempt in 2016.

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