Ex-KGB spy shot dead in Moscow

Successful businessman who once was jailed in Israel for espionage is gunned down.

    Investigators are looking at the possibility that Kalmanovich's murder was a contract killing [AFP]

    "We are looking at the possibility that the murder was a contract killing," Anatoly Bagmet, Moscow's investigative committee head, said in televised remarks.

    He said the killing could have been related to Kalmanovich's business affairs or driven by "personal revenge".

    Jailed for spying

    Born in then Soviet-controlled Lithuania in 1949, Kalmanovic immigrated with his family to Israel in the early 1970s, where he became a government adviser on the resettlement of Soviet Jews in Israel.

    He reportedly agreed to spy for the KGB in return for permission to leave Lithuania.

    In 1988 Israel convicted Kalmanovich of espionage and he was imprisoned.

    He eventually returned to Russia where he made his fortune in construction, becoming director general of the large Tishinsky shopping centre in Moscow.

    Kalmanovich used his fortune to sponsor three basketball clubs, becoming general manager of the Russian women's basketball team in 2008.

    He was also known as a concert promoter who brought Michael Jackson, Liza Minnelli and Jose Carreras to Russia.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    Why is the West praising Malala, but ignoring Ahed?

    Why is the West praising Malala, but ignoring Ahed?

    Is an empowered Palestinian girl not worthy of Western feminist admiration?

    Inside the world of Chinese bitcoin mining

    Inside the world of Chinese bitcoin mining

    China is one of the main exchange markets and hosts some of the biggest bitcoin 'mining pools' in the world.

    Why some African Americans are moving to Africa

    Escaping systemic racism: Why I quit New York for Accra

    African-Americans are returning to the lands of their ancestors as life becomes precarious and dangerous in the USA.