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Old 07-05-2017, 02:59 AM   #1
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Aikido Assassins: The gang of Siberian athletes turned contract killers

Posted 2017-07-05 01:46:58 by Jun Akiyama
News URL: https://www.bloodyelbow.com/2017/7/4...ntract-killers

This article entitled "Aikido Assassins: The gang of Siberian athletes turned contract killers" describes Andrey Sinyukov, head of the Aikido Federation in Kuzbass, who reportedly engaged in racketeering, money-laundering, blackmail, and even murder through a criminal organization masquerading as a sports entity that he founded.

From the article: "Sinyukov is reportedly a 2nd dan blackbelt in Aikido, a title he received in Tokyo. In Russia, he owned and operated the ‘Sei Shin’ training facility for children interested in learning Aikido. He regularly gave interviews to Kuzbass media, where he discussed the importance of sports as a form of education. This fašade of legitimacy created by Sinyukov lasted until the the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation in the Kemerovo region reported that Sinyukov was “suspected in a number of especially grave crimes, including murder." In a matter of hours, Sinyukov went from a respected member of society to a wanted fugitive fleeing prosecution."

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Old 07-23-2017, 11:56 AM   #2
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Re: Aikido Assassins: The gang of Siberian athletes turned contract killers

You would think this might quiet some of aikido's nay-sayers. I mean, if the art is good enough for a pack of Russion legbreakers, it might be as effective in non-criminal applications.

Yes, I realize, other...errm..."techniques" might be involved, and the weapon of choice there may not have been a bokken.

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