Murder in Berlin Evidence Mounts of Russian State Involvement

The murder of a Georgian man in Berlin is attracting international attention. DER SPIEGEL and its reporting partners have new information indicating that the crime could in fact have been commissioned by the Russian state.
Results of the forensic photo analysis: The suspected murderer "Sokolov," who was arrested in Berlin (1 and 3) and the convicted murderer Stepanov, who is in jail in Russia (2 and 4), are not the same person.

Results of the forensic photo analysis: The suspected murderer "Sokolov," who was arrested in Berlin (1 and 3) and the convicted murderer Stepanov, who is in jail in Russia (2 and 4), are not the same person.

Foto: DER SPIEGEL/Bellingcat/Bradford University
The crime scene in the Moabit district of Berlin

The crime scene in the Moabit district of Berlin

Foto: Fabrizio Bensch/ REUTERS
A page from the Russian tax database

A page from the Russian tax database

Foto: Bellingcat
The alleged address of "Sokolov" in Bryansk, located in western Russia

The alleged address of "Sokolov" in Bryansk, located in western Russia

Foto: The Dossier Centre
According to photo analysis conducted at the University of Bradford, they are not the same person: Stepanov can be seen in the pictures on the left and in the center. "Sokolov" is on the right.

According to photo analysis conducted at the University of Bradford, they are not the same person: Stepanov can be seen in the pictures on the left and in the center. "Sokolov" is on the right.

Foto: DER SPIEGEL/BELLINGCAT
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