Kuzmnov, the Russian deserter, was a 'ghost' in Alicante, nameless in an space stuffed with compatriots and Ukrainians | EUROtoday

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Like a ghost. Surrounded by Russian compatriots, and likewise by Ukrainians, in an enormous housing property stuffed with nationals from each international locations, however with out anybody figuring out about him – it’s even doable, some sources slip, who had solely been within the space for a number of weeks-.

As alive in Villajoyosa (Alicante) Maxim Kuzmnovthe 28-year-old Russian Army helicopter pilot who first defected noisily final August, then was introduced by Ukraine as a hero – I don't need to be complicit in Russian crimes, he stated – and eventually He was murdered on February 13, shot 5 occasionsin a storage within the Alicante city.

And like a ghost, Kuzmnov continues to occupy house within the information, already lifeless, as a result of yesterday afternoon the Spanish Ministry of the Interior nonetheless didn’t verify his identification, though the media took it as a right for the reason that head of the Russian Foreign Espionage Service himself, Sergui Narishkinacknowledged a number of hours earlier than that the deceased was a legal traitor, who since his defection he had develop into an ethical corpse.

Every element of his homicide, beginning with its perpetrator – with the opportunity of an motion of State Russian within the coronary heart of Europa-, but additionally because of the circumstances of the entry of the Russian soldier into the nation, they are often explosive at a time when Russian-Spanish bilateral relations are going by way of a really delicate second, after the summons of the ambassador of Musk in Madrid by Foreign Affairs after one other far more notable loss of life: that of the Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny within the IK-3 jail of Jarp, within the Arctic, in circumstances not but clarified by the regime of Vladimir Putin.

While Kuzmnov's loss of life yesterday threatened to develop into a political downside –Citizens has requested the European Commission to analyze the homicide, and has alerted Joseph BorrellHigh Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, of the alarming enhance in instances for the reason that starting of the invasion of Ukraine-, in Villajoyosa, secrecy was the important thing within the investigation, of which no particulars have emerged to this point, past a speculation: the civil guards of the Judicial Police Anti-Organized Crime Teamwho’ve been accountable for the investigations since final day 13 and who began from the opportunity of settling scores in an space very susceptible to them because of the presence of a variety of dormant crime, have already turned to a doable operation by the Russian secret companies executed to order.

Kuzmnov, whose unique fingerprints appeared on the false documentation discovered on the physique, which attributed him to Ukrainian nationality and 33 years of age, was murdered within the La Cala de la Vila urbanization, a residential space of ​​Villajoyosa with 5,300 properties and the place about 8,000 individuals dwell, lots of whom are foreigners. A spot very near Benidorm, simply 12 kilometers away, excellent for going unnoticed surrounded by Russian and Ukrainian nationals, and the place he doesn’t appear to have left a hint. In huge blocks of 15 or 16 flooring, many flooring are additionally used as second properties and solely occupied on weekends.

Neighbors speculate that the Russian deserter had solely been within the space for a number of days. Nobody knew about him not even within the La Cala neighborhood affiliation, neither within the orthodox church of Villajoyosa, nor within the grocery store within the space specializing in merchandise from the East., nor in a restaurant run by Eastern Europeans subsequent to the storage the place he was murdered. It can be not clear, in the intervening time, if he lived within the block the place he was murdered or was really collaborating in a piece that was being carried on the market.

In addition to the likelihood that Russia is behind the homicide of Kuzmnov -the nation's authorities media shortly started to rejoice his death-, after the occasion there’s additionally the likelihood that the helicopter pilot, who was injured in a leg throughout his desertion, and awarded half 1,000,000 euros by the State, Ukrainian, who displayed it as a warfare trophy, would get pleasure from some kind of state safety in Spain. Of a sort of covert political refugee standing.

The Government spokesperson, Pilar Alegra, clarified the problem yesterday, on the press convention after the Council of Ministers, with a easy assertion, we should let the researchers work. It is just not identified the way it may have arrived Kuzmnov to Spain, nor how lengthy he may keep within the nation.

What does appear clear to police observers – and therefore the thought of ​​subcontracting the homicide – is that the mode of operation of the operation responds to what’s regular in organized crime: 5 pictures fired, subsequent escape of the attackers within the sufferer's personal automobile, later deserted within the close by city of El Campelloand burned earlier than being discovered hours later by members of the State Security Corps and Forces.