Did Russian hitmen kill military deserter in Spain? Suspicions about Vladimir Putin’s government are growing

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The Russian government allegedly sent assassins to assassinate a Russian soldier in Spain who defected with his helicopter to Ukraine last year and who he appeared riddled in a city of Alicante. This is the version published on Thursday by the Madrid newspaper Villagewhich cites sources from the Spanish secret services.

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“The Spanish secret services have no doubt that the Kremlin’s long hand is behind an unprecedented crime in Spain: the murder of Maxim Kuzminov in Alicante,” the newspaper writes.

The only question is whether the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), the Federal Security Service (FSB) or the Military Intelligence Service (GRU) was behind the operation, they said. Village intelligence sources, who nevertheless affirmed this It will be “very difficult” to obtain incriminating evidence.

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The charred vehicle was found shortly afterwards in a nearby town.

Critic of the war in Ukraine, Kuzminov defected last August aboard a Russian army helicopter and landed in the territory under Ukrainian control.

Two comrades who were with him, unaware of the plans, were killed by Ukrainian forces while trying to escape.

“This traitor and criminal has become a moral corpse from the moment he planned his despicable and terrible crime,” congratulated the head of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), Sergei Naryshkin, on Tuesday, quoted by the official TASS agency, without confirming or denying Russian involvement in the death.

Source: AFP

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