Slovakia expels three Russian diplomats with alleged link to Berlin murder

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People hold portraits of Zelimkhan Khangoshvili in front of the German embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, 10 September 2019. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Slovakia expels three Russian diplomats with alleged link to Berlin murder

By Zoe Didili
Journalist, New Europe

epa07832635 People hold portraits of Zelimkhan Khangoshvili in front of the German embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, 10 September 2019. Khangoshvili, a former militant activist, was shot dead in Berlin on 23 August.
Slovakia said on Monday it had expelled three diplomats from the Russian embassy in the capital, Bratislava, for a “serious crime,” with local media reporting it is related to the murder of a Georgian man in Berlin last year. The Foreign Ministry also cited an abuse of Slovak visas issued at the Slovak general consulate in Saint Petersburg, without providing further information. “According to information from the Slovak intelligence services, their activities were in contradiction with the Vienna convention on diplomatic relations,” a ministry spokesman said in an emailed statement, according to Reuters. The 40-year-old Georgian citizen of Chechen ethnicity, identified in reports on the killing as Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, fought against Russian troops in Chechnya, while he had previously survived multiple assassination attempts and fled, d to Germany in 2016. In June, German prosecutors charged a Russian man over the killing of a Georgian rebel fighter in Berlin’s Kleiner Tiergarten park last year and accused Moscow of having ordered the assassination. With the Russian diplomats forced to leave the country by 13 August, Russia said it will respond to the move.

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