A Cold-War Style Murder Is Adding to Russian-German Tensions

(Bloomberg) — A trial over an execution-style murder in a Berlin city park is likely to further test already strained relations between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government and the Kremlin.



a group of people playing instruments and performing on a stage: Picture taken on August 23, 2019 shows forensic experts of the police securing evidences at the site of a crime scene in Berlin's Moabit district, where a man of Georgian origin was shot dead.


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Picture taken on August 23, 2019 shows forensic experts of the police securing evidences at the site of a crime scene in Berlin’s Moabit district, where a man of Georgian origin was shot dead.

A panel of five judges began proceedings Wednesday against Vadim K. over allegations that he gunned down a Georgian of Chechen descent at the behest of Russian authorities. The victim, identified as Tornike K., was a militia leader from 2000 to 2004 in the second Chechen war against Russia, according to German prosecutors.

Vadim K., 55, shot Tornike K. in broad daylight in the “Kleiner Tiergarten” park in August last year, according to findings in the case. He was apprehended shortly afterward

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