Berlin trial begins after suspected contract killing linked to Russia

A 55-year-old Russian man went on trial in Berlin on Wednesday for a shooting in the capital last year described by Germany’s attorney general as a contract killing ordered by the Russian state.The outcome of the long-awaited murder trial could have a significant impact on Germany’s already strained relationship with Russia.On August 23, 2019, a 40-year-old Georgian man of Chechen descent was shot dead in broad daylight by an attacker on a bicycle in Berlin’s central Moabit district. The firearm had been fitted with a silencer.The suspect was apprehended that same day and has been in custody s…

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