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eXile Classic / April 17, 1997

Hockey is a tough sport; on the ice, Russians are said to play more of a finesse game than the Canadians, but off it, they seem to be a few Maple Leafs up on the competition. Soon Russian hockey officials may start wearing green lights over their heads so that assassins will know when they’ve scored; the latest victim was none other than Valentin Siych, the President of the Russian Hockey Federation, murdered on April 22 at nine a.m. The assassin used the by-now cliche method of the bullet in the head at nine a.m. in the victim’s own podyezd; Siych was on his way to be interviewed by Komsomolskaya Pravda.

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“Your penalty boxes are a lot less comfortable than the ones we have in Canada.”

The hit comes on the heels of a major shakeup in the CSKA hockey team-once an international powerhouse and a huge source of revenue and publicity for the state and now reduced to two separate, poorly-performing, money-losing clubs. Gangland threats abounded during the Red Army breakup, but police, predictably, have yet to connect Siych’s killing to anything.


An Unlucky Number

How easy is it to kill 13 people in Russia and not make it into the newspapers? Pretty easy, judging by the experience of the “Sokhin” gang, a small group of car thieves who branched into murder when their leader discovered he liked to kill the drivers as well as take the cars. According to the Moscow GUVD press office, the party ended after the gang’s 13th murder, when Federal and Local Moscow uglovniy rozisk officials arrested five in connection with the killings. “Sh,” the police pseudonym for the 24 year-old group leader, apparently was sexually excited by murder and chose new methods each time, killing one with a champagne bottle, another with a shovel, another with a hammer, etc. The strange mix of serial killing and gang activity came to an end after police traced the stolen cars to fences in Belarus, who fingered the killers.


A GAIshnik Caught Moonlighting

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“New shoes- what a pain! Always slipping and sliding, slipping and sliding…”

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