Russia ignored Germany’s request to help solve the murder of comrade-in-arms Shamil Basayev, a former Chechen militant from the terrorist group Emirate of the Caucasus (banned in Russia) Zelimkhan Khangoshvili. This was announced on Tuesday, June 2, at the Ministry of Justice in Berlin, reports Deutsche Welle.
According to them, in December, the Berlin prosecutor sent two appeals to Moscow asking for help in the investigation of the crime, but they remained unanswered.
In December, German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said the killing of a former Chechen field commander in Berlin has complicated relations between Russia and the FRG.
German law enforcement agencies believe that they have factual evidence of the involvement of Russia or the Chechen Republic in the killing of Khangoshvili. At the same time, the press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov replied that Moscow was not related to this incident.
In August, it became known that Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, a militant of the Caucasus Emirate, was shot in the head in Germany. According to Berlin, the state authorities of Russia or the Chechen Republic are involved in the crime. It is noted that the gunman fought against Russia on the side of Chechen fighters Shamil Basaev, Abu al-Valid, and Aslan Maskhadov.
The Caucasus Emirate is a terrorist organization operating in the south of Russia since 2007. Being an ally of the international al-Qaeda group banned in the Russian Federation, it acted on the territory of the North Caucasus. After the liquidation of the leaders of the Caucasus Emirate, the remaining militants moved to Syria.