Police in Russia are investigating what could possibly be the world’s first documented case of a contract killing ordered through the so-called darkish web.
Excessive-ranking police investigator Yevgeniya Shishkina was shot lifeless exterior her house close to Moscow in October 2018.
5 months later, native police introduced that they had arrested two individuals in reference to the killing – a 19-year-old medical pupil referred to as Abdulaziz Abdulazizov, and a 17-year-old schoolboy, who can’t be named for authorized causes. Each are from St Petersburg.
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Preliminary particulars of the case, which has shocked Russian investigators, have been shared unofficially with BBC Russian by sources near the investigation. A court docket case is anticipated later this yr, wherein the 2 college students face prosecution.
The paperwork allege that the pair have been paid a million rubles (£12,000) to hold out the homicide. In keeping with the police reviews, the order was positioned by the proprietor of a drug-dealing website on an unlawful on-line buying and selling platform on half of what’s generally known as the darkish web.
Igor Bederov, who runs the St Petersburg-based Web Search Firm, informed BBC Russian the location is primarily used for getting and promoting medicine. It’s one in every of dozens of web sites that make up Russia’s largest unlawful drug-trading platform, Hydra.
The darkish web refers to elements of the web that aren’t open to public view. It accommodates unlawful buying and selling websites that promote medicine, hacking software program, counterfeit cash and, as seems to be the case right here, contract killing companies.
To this point there are not any confirmed instances of somebody being killed by an murderer employed through the darkish web.
The paperwork seen by BBC Russian recommend the person who allegedly positioned the order for the homicide, who goes by the pseudonym Miguel Morales, was being investigated by Lt Col Shishkina. (Miguel Morales is the title of a former Mexican drug lord and chief of the felony organisation generally known as Los Zetas.) His actual title has not been revealed.
In August 2018, the 17-year-old seems to have posted on the Hydra platform, searching for work. A month later, in keeping with the police paperwork, he acquired a request for a personal messaging tackle.
Communications then seem to have been transferred to personal messages, the place particulars of the contract killing have been allegedly mentioned.
The police paperwork recommend the 17-year-old cut up the cash he was provided, allegedly retaining 400,000 rubles for himself and giving 600,000 to Mr Abdulazizov to hold out the homicide.
The 2 had met enjoying basketball collectively in St Petersburg shortly earlier than Mr Abdulazizov started finding out on the metropolis’s Medico-Social Institute, it’s claimed.
The paperwork allege that Mr Abdulazizov travelled round 435 miles (700km) from St Petersburg to Moscow utilizing a car-sharing service.
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It’s claimed that he retrieved each the homicide weapon – a modified pistol – and ammunition from a “drop field” in a wooded space in a Moscow suburb, after which went on to e-book a resort room in Krasnogorsk, near the place Lt Col Shishkina lived.
It’s also alleged that the 17-year-old despatched Mr Abdulazizov the title and geolocation of the sufferer through the Telegram messenger app. Mr Abdulazizov studied movies on YouTube in his resort displaying him the best way to load the weapon, the police reviews declare.
On the day of the homicide, Mr Abdulazizov allegedly informed investigators he approached Lt Col Shishkina exterior her house at 6.30 within the morning. He stated at first he felt light-headed.
However he then pulled himself collectively, he stated, ran across the again of the constructing to strategy Lt Col Shishkina from behind and fired twice at shut vary, it’s claimed. Lt Col Shishkina died minutes later in her husband’s arms.
It seems police managed to trace down Mr Abdulazizov by looking by means of all of the journeys made through taxi apps within the space that morning. Mr Abdulazizov allegedly travelled to Lt Col Shishkina’s home by ordering a taxi utilizing a cell phone app.
A number of hours after the homicide, Mr Abdulazizov attended a live performance, the place rappers Killstation and Brennan Savage have been performing: initially he had informed investigators the explanation he had travelled to Moscow was to go to the live performance.
BBC Russian has studied pictures from the live performance, which present a person within the viewers who seems to be Mr Abdulazizov.
Pals of Mr Abdulazizov say they’re in shock that he has been arrested for homicide.
“He was fairly weak,” a pal, who requested to not be named, informed BBC Russian. “He was additionally very variety. He by no means offended anybody. I’ve by no means heard that he obtained into any form of battle.”
Mr Abdulazizov’s girlfriend, who additionally didn’t need to be named, informed BBC Russian she couldn’t imagine he had been arrested for homicide.
“The day he was arrested we have been presupposed to go to the cinema. He requested me what he may purchase me as a present,” she stated. “There was no indication he was in any form of hassle.”
Lt Col Shishkina had labored as a police investigator since 1991. In keeping with media reviews, she investigated instances involving drug trafficking, financial crimes and fraud.
Investigators say she had acquired a number of threats within the months main as much as her homicide and had reported them to her superiors. However she had repeatedly refused presents of state safety, they stated.