EURASIA LIFT

Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Former Spy Shot Dead Near Putin’s Moscow office

Posted by Info on 03/11/2009

Gunmen shot dead a former KGB spy turned basketball tycoon in his car Monday a few hundred meters from the Moscow office of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, officials said.

Shabtai von Kalmanovic, who went on to organize a Michael Jackson concert in Moscow and help two clubs win Europe’s top basketball title, died at the scene. More than 20 shots were fired at Kalmanovic’s Mercedes from a silver Lada a few hundred meters from the White House, the seat of Russia’s government headquarters, state Russian television channel Vesti reported.

Kalmanovic spent five years in an Israeli prison for passing secret military technology to the KGB before being released in 1993.

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