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Russian-Israeli Spy-Turned-Tycoon Assassinated

Shabtai Kalmanovich spied for KGB, brought Michael Jackson to Russia, collected Judaica

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Kalmanovich hugging a basketball coach for his team in April.(Miguel Riopa/AFP/Getty Images)

Shabtai Kalmanovich—a Lithuanian Jew who emigrated to Israel in the 1970s, was convicted of having infiltrated Golda Meir’s government as a spy for the KGB in the 1980s, returned to Russia, where he became a construction tycoon and brought Michael Jackson to Moscow, in the 1990s, invested millions in European women’s basketball in the 2000s, and accumulated Russia’s largest collection of Judaica along the way—has been, shockingly, shot to death by unidentified gunmen while in being driven in his black Mercedes in central Moscow. The crime is suspected to be an act of revenge by business rivals. “This is all simply horrible,” said Adolf Shayevich, Russia’s chief rabbi. “In the center of Moscow! Such things now happen all the time and the culprits are never found.”

Russian Tycoon Fatally Shot in Moscow [LAT]
Ex-Shin Bet, KGB Double Agent Shot Dead in Moscow [Haaretz]
Former Israeli Double Agent Shot Dead Near Putin’s Office [Telegraph]

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Russian-Israeli Spy-Turned-Tycoon Assassinated

Shabtai Kalmanovich spied for KGB, brought Michael Jackson to Russia, collected Judaica

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