The Public Prosecutor General of Germany has indicted a suspect for killing Georgian citizen Zelimkhan Khangoshvili in Berlin, stating that Russian central governmental federal offices put out the hit on Khangoshvili, which was carried out by Russian citizen Vadim K. in August 2019.
Media report that the Russian Ambassador to Germany has been summoned to the German Foreign Ministry today regarding the issue.
Zelimkhan Khangoshvili was shot on August 23, 2019 in Berlin on his way to Friday prayers.
The German Prosecutor states that the assassination was preceded by Khangoshvili’s oppositional attitude towards the government of Russia and Chechnya.
The official statement of the German Prosecutor also reads that Khangoshvili fought on the side of Chechen separatists against the Russian Federal Army during the Second Chechen War and in 2008, during the Russia-Georgia war he gathered a group of warriors against Russia in the Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) region.
In February 2020, Bellingcat, an investigative journalism website wrote that its month-long investigation with The Insider and Der Spiegel uncovered that the assassination of Georgian citizen of Chechen origin Zelimkhan Khangoshvili was planned and organised by Russia’s FSB security agency.
Kremlin press-speaker Dmitry Peskov said on August 28, 2019 that Russia ‘’categorically denied any link between Russia and the incident.’’