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Article: Aikido Assassins: The gang of Siberian athletes turned contract killers
Posted 7/05/2017 1:59am [from Jun Akiyama]

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 façade 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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