In August 2019, Zelimkhan Khangoshvili a former Chechen insurgent commander who had been seeking asylum in Germany, was murdered in Berlin. The German attorney general's office says the suspect in Khangoshvili's murder, who is identified only as Vadim K. or an alias of Vadim S., is very likely the same man who murdered a Russian businessman in Moscow in 2013. His suspected accomplice has been identified as a former Russian FSB (Vympel) Officer .
Vadim S. traveling under the guise of a tourist and using a Russian passport, was ID'd by two teens who had seen the individual attempting to dispose of the murder weapon into a river.
Vadim S. ID'd as former Russian FSB (Vympel) named Vadim Krasikov. Krasikov has a close association with current and former members of the Russian Speznaz, and had spent extended periods of time at a FSB training base outside Moscow.
An investigation team comprised of The Bellincat, with The Insider (Russia) and Der Spiegel (Germany) findings conclude that the assassination of Zelimkhan Khangoshvili in Berlin was organized by the FSB which used the Vympel group of companies (and the affiliated Regional Association of Former FSB Spetsnaz veterans) for the operation, and as deniable cover. They conclude that the Vympel group of companies is a de facto arm of the FSB earmarked, at least partly, for deniable overseas assassinations. The role of the Vympel group for such targeted assassinations is not dissimilar to the use of Wagner PMC for deniable military operations abroad. FSB’s use of a proxy for overseas illegal operations is different than the modus operandi of the GU.
The Berlin murder trial kicked off this past Wednesday.