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Leonid Bershidsky

Leonid Bershidsky, a Bloomberg View contributor, is a Berlin-based writer. He was the founding editor of the Russian business daily Vedomosti and founded the opinion website Slon.ru.


People carry the body of the victim who has been identified as Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, a Georgian Muslim who fought against Russia in the Second Chechen War and had links with Georgian intelligence during the funeral in Duisi village, the Pankisi Gorge valley, in Georgia, Aug. 29, 2019.  Berlin prosecutors have released little about the Aug. 23 killing, except to say the victim was shot by a cyclist, who was captured shortly afterward and identified as a Russian man.<br>Zurab Tsertsvadze/AP

Why Germany is ignoring its own Russian spy scandal

Last March, after the attempt to poison the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, England, it took the British government only a week to accuse Russia of being responsible; by the 10th day after the crime, it was already expelling Russian diplomats. Now, the same length of time after a very similar event in Berlin, the German government is reacting very differently.