Austrian police arrested two Russians from Chechnya after the counter-terrorism service had opened an investigation into the death of a Russian man who was shot and killed near Vienna.
The victim was a 43-year-old man who was found dead with gunshot wounds in Gerasdorf, near Vienna, on Saturday.
Police arrested a 47-year-old in Linz, approximately 200km from the capital, after a police chase. A second Russian man (37) also from Chechnya and living in Austria, was apprehended on Sunday for investigations into the murder of his fellow Russian citizen.
“The motives for the crime are unclear,” the police said in a statement.
According to Russian media, the victim, a 43-year-old man from Chechnya, had often been critical of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, who has ruled the region for over 10 years now. Prosecutors were seeking a court order to keep the suspect in detention.
Police said the victim was an asylum seeker. The suspect lives in Austria and is originally from the Chechnya region.
Similar cases have been reported before, including the 2009 killing of a Chechen refugee in a Vienna street.