Austrian police arrest suspected Russian hitman

Police in the Austrian capital Vienna have arrested a suspected Russian hitman, who was reportedly living for at least three years under a false ID.

The unidentified man, 38, fled Russia five years ago as he was being investigated for murders in the city of Novosibirsk, Austrian police said.

He is said to have carried out four killings and one attempted killing.

It is expected he will be handed over to Russia as soon as possible, Austrian state TV reports.

In keeping with Austrian privacy laws, he was named only as Anatoly R, the Associated Press says.

He is said to have carried out his alleged crimes between 1997 and 2004 in the city in western Siberia.

The suspect is also known by the nickname Celentano, an apparent reference to the Italian singer and actor Adriano Celentano, who was popular in the Soviet Union.

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