Berlin Assassin, Could This Be the German Skripal Case? – Part I

Dear Readers:

Today I have this new piece from Krutikov, regarding a low-tech drive-by shooting (on a bike) in Berlin.  A routine murder is not a routine murder in a major European capital, when a Russian citizen is involved!  Remember that rule.  Some people are calling this case the “German Skripal” (even though, er, Skripal is still alive) and nostradamizing that it could lead to further German sanctions against Russia.

As we open our Murder Book, we must look at the basic Who What Where When How and Why?  And also cui bono? and which patsy takes the fall?  All we are interested in here are the facts, Ma’am, just the facts.

The Murder Book

Who was the vic?  He was a citizen of Gruzia, which makes him the good guy in the eyes of Westies.  His name was Zelimkhan Khangoshvili.  Hailed from a little town called Duisa in the notorious Pankisi Gorge.

When did this happen?  This past Friday, August 23.

Where did it happen?  In one of the central districts (known as Moabit) in Berlin, Germany.  Founded in 1685, Moabit is known as an industrial and working-class neighborhood.  It was occupied by Great Britain between 1945 and 1990.

How was he killed?  One shot to the back of the head.  Zelimkhan was walking to his local mosque for Friday prayers when a guy on a bike caught up to him and put a cap in him.

Who dunnit?  German police say they caught the perp right away, in hot pursuit.  The guy wasn’t even seriously trying to escape detection and must have known that in totalitarian Berlin there are cameras everywhere.

So, who is the perp?  Coppers say they got their guy, but I don’t see his name when I skim this piece.  Initially they blurted out that the perp is a Chechen.  Then somebody in a suit told them to cool it, Chechens are supposed to be the good guys and it is “politically incorrect” to single them out, since they’re Muslims.  So coppers then “clarified” that the Chechen killer is a “Russian” citizen.  Very cleverly utilizing the fact that German (like English, but unlike Russian itself) does not distinguish between “Russian” (русский) as an ethnicity, and “Russian” (российский) as a legal citizenship.  Therefore your average German bourgeois, reading the paper, seeing the headline about a “Russian” committing an outrageous murder in the middle of Berlin, can just cluck his tongue and go “aber natürlich…”  And then return to his philistine existence, confirmed in his own prejudices.

Who ordered the hit?  Why, Putin, of course!   Der Spiegel is already hinting, that it would like to turn Zelimkhan’s slaying into a rebooted and “woke” version of London’s Skripal.  “Woke” because the vic is a Gruzian, a victim of Russian occupation and aggression.  It all fits:  A dirty Russian kills a saintly Gruzian right in the middle of a Berlin neighborhood, putting all good German people at risk as well.  The German Prosecutor has hinted that he “believes” the murder was carried out “at the orders of a foreign secret service” – guess who!

Deeper Dive Into Victimology

Gee, Officer Krupke, we’re very upset;
We never had the love that ev’ry child oughtta get.
We ain’t no delinquents,
We’re misunderstood.
Deep down inside us there is good! (West Side Story, natch)

Next, under Krutikov’s guidance, we take a deeper dive into the vic’s sad life as a misunderstood terrorist just trying to survive in the mean ravines of the Pankisi Gorge.

Zelimkhan Khangoshvili: Misunderstood.

While loosely labelled as a “Gruzian”, that is actually not specific enough for the utterly tribal world of the Caucasian peoples.  Zelimkhan may have been a Gruzian citizen, but in reality there was more Chechen than Gruzian in his now defunct veins. According to Krutikov, Zelimkhan Khangoshvili was a “Kistinets” (кистинец), a term I never heard before.  According to Russian wiki, this tribe (plural Kistintsy) are also known as “Gruzian Chechens”, they are Muslims, of the Sunni brand.  There are around 15,000 of them in the world at large.  Mostly in Gruzia, but with clumps in Chechnya and Ingushetia.  These people speak a dialect of the Chechen language, and their historic habitat is the Pankisi Gorge, on the River Alazani, Northeastern Gruzia.  Historians believe that these people settled into the Gorge in the 1840-1850 range, migrating thither from the mountains of Chechnya, for reasons not stated.

Doku Umarov

Zelimkhan himself is a former “militant” who took part in the Second Chechen War.  On the side of the “militants” against Russia.  He served in the unit of the Brothers Makhauri, a unit consisting solely of Kistintsy.  Worked his way up to be chief of a group calling itself “Djamaat Pankisi” which pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda.  Was considered an official representative of Doku Umarov, the main Chechen terrorist who bore a startling resemblance to an Orangutan.  Except that orangutans are said to be gentle creatures, and Doku was anything but.   Zelimkhan himself clocked a Russian warrant on his head, accused of taking part in the raid against Ingushetia in the summer of 2004.

Zelimkhan can be considered a “typical representative”, in Krutikov’s words, of the Kistintsy of the 1990’s.  An almost exact type, of which Turgenev would have been proud to describe in all its anatomical specificity.  Which is another thing about Caucasian tribesmen that Westies don’t always get:  That these people can sometimes be absolutely predictable in their behavior patterns.

[to be continued]

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