Russian national arrested for murder of Georgian citizen, Chechen War veteran

  • Khangoshvili was involved in the notorious Lapankuri special operation in the Lopota gorge, near the Georgia-Russia border, in August 2012. Photo: Der Spiegel.

Agenda.ge, 26 Aug 2019 - 14:48, Tbilisi,Georgia

German police have arrested a Russian national, 49, who faces charges for the murder of Georgian citizen, Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, a native of Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge by origin.

Veteran of the Second Chechen War (1999-2009) Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, 40, was shot on August 23 in Berlin was on his way to Friday prayers.

Khangoshvili spent several years living in Georgia under the name of Tornike Kavtarashvili. Photo: Facebook.

Zelimkhan Khangoshvili was a field commander during the war, this is why he was wanted and continuously persecuted by Russian police. 

Khangoshvili spent several years living in Georgia under the name of Tornike Kavtarashvili.

Khangoshvili was also involved in the notorious Lapankuri special operation in the Lopota gorge, near the Georgia-Russia border in August 2012.

He was shot in May, 2018 and underwent surgery in Tbilisi, Georgia. 

Afterwards, he left Georgia and spent the past few years in Berlin, Germany.

German media outlet Der Spiegel reports the murder was ‘well-planned and ordered.’

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