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2022 Nominees

Mission Investigate

SVT, Bellingcat


- Crime & Investigative

This investigation reveals how Russian hitmen were sent to Sweden to assassinate Tumso Abdurakhmanov, a well-known critic of president Vladimir Putin’s ally, Chechnya’s strongman, Ramzan Kadyrov. It traces how a honey-trap was planned months before the hit and confronts the criminal minds behind the murder in the Chechen capital of Grozny. Meanwhile, a secret intelligence report points out a Spetsnaz unit - Sobr Terek - based in Chechnya, found within the special units of the National Guard of Russia, and uncovers ties all the way up to the Kremlin and the Russian President mr. Vladimir Putin. The Russian Hitmen made headlines globally and sparked a discussion on Russia´s covert operations and attacks on critics on foreign soil in Europe.