Two Russian 'hitmen' arrested at luxury homes
12 July 2006, MARBELLA — Spanish police arrested two Russian men on Wednesday in connection with the contract killing of a Russian regional governor.
12 July 2006
MARBELLA — Spanish police arrested two Russian men on Wednesday in connection with the contract killing of a Russian regional governor.
The suspects were detained outside Marbella following a request by the Russian authorities.
The governor of Magadan region in the Russian Far East, Valentin Tsvetkov, was shot dead while walking to his office in Moscow in 2002.
Spanish authorities named the suspects as Martin B and Aleksandr Z.
They lived in two luxury homes in an area popular with expats on the outskirts of Marbella.
The suspects were carrying fake passports when they were arrested but during the raid in their homes police discovered their real identity cards.
The two men will be questioned by a judge in the next few days.
Tsvetkov's murder was described by Russian President Vladimir Putin as a "crime against the state".
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news