Russian man killed in Austria had declined police safety

Berlin, July 6

A Russian man shot lifeless close to Vienna over the weekend had declined police safety earlier than the killing, Austrian police mentioned Monday.

Austrian media have reported that the killing of the 43-year-old, an ethnic Chechen who had lived in Austria for greater than a decade, is being thought-about as a potential political assassination.

The regional intelligence and anti-terrorism authority is concerned within the case.      

Its head, Roland Scherscher, advised the Austria Press Agency that the motive stays unclear, and {that a} political motive or maybe an argument are each potential.

A 47-year-old Russian man was detained in Linz late Saturday, shortly after the killing. Another Russian who got here to the scene with the sufferer was detained in reference to the killing in Gerasdorf, the Vienna suburb the place the crime passed off, police mentioned.

They mentioned that the sufferer had declined police safety, however didn’t say when or specify why it was provided.

Neither of the suspects has talked to investigators, APA reported.

Police haven’t launched the title of the sufferer, however the Russian web site Kavkazski Uzel, which covers points all through the Caucasus area, mentioned he ran a YouTube channel containing essential commentary about Russia’s Chechnya area below authoritarian chief Ramzan Kadyrov.

Saturday’s killing follows a number of different assaults on Chechens overseas in recent times.

German prosecutors final month charged a Russian man within the brazen daylight killing in Berlin of an ethnic Chechen from Georgia.

The sufferer had fought Russian troops in Chechnya and fled to Germany in 2016. Prosecutors mentioned the suspect had been tasked with the killing by Russian authorities.

In February, Imran Aliyev, who additionally had a YouTube channel criticising Kadyrov, was discovered stabbed to dying in a resort in Lille, France. That identical month, one other Chechen dissident, Tumru Abdurakhmanov, was attacked in Sweden. AP

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