Alleged mastermind behind murders of Russian hitman Solonik and girlfriend arrested

A 48-year-old Greek of Georgian origin, allegedly involved in the murders of the notorious 37-year-old Russian hitman Alexander Solonik and his girlfriend, a 19-year-old model, Svetlana Kotova, was arrested on Monday afternoon at the Thessaloniki International Airport “Makedonia”. Both murders were committed in 1997.

Solonik, who was included in Russia’s top ten most wanted list, was found strangled on February 2, 1997, in a forest at the northern Athens suburb of Varibobi, near the Athens-Lamia national motorway.
The body of Kotova, one of Russia’s top models and former Miss Russia, was found a few months later in a shallow grave under an olive tree, close to a villa rented by Solonik at the Attica coastal town of Lagonissi.