Story By: Feza Uzay, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
A Russian man suspected of running a ‘killers for hire’ network on the dark web where customers paid for hits to be carried out using cryptocurrencies has been arrested for murder and arms trafficking.
Sergei Magdanov, 38, was arrested when his house was raided by cops who found a large amount of cash, bank cards, and hardware believed to have been used in the running of a ‘killers for hire’ dark website in the Russian city of Izhevsk on 9th September.
The Basmanny Court of Moscow ordered Magdanov to be held in preliminary detention until 8th November while the authorities complete their investigation into his suspected role in running the dark-web assassin network from his home in Izhevsk.
The suspect is being held on suspicion of playing a role in the murder of a married couple in the region of Vladimir Oblast in 2020, as well as the organisation of murder in the city of Saint Petersburg.
Local news site Vm said the investigation found that Magdanov was the administrator of the website where hitmen communicated with each other and their customers.
The police raided his home and found 20 mobile phones, computers, and other devices believed to have been used in running the network.
Cops also seized over 1,000 SIM cards, more than 500 bank cards, as well as a large amount of money.
The authorities also suspect that the network may have been used to carry out other killings and violent crimes in the Leningrad Oblast region, but these crimes have not yet been linked to Magdanov.
The investigation is ongoing, and the suspect is being held on suspicion of murder and illegal arms trafficking.