Contract killings in Russia in 1999

Police in Russia investigated 591 contract killings in Russia in 1999. Contract killings were carried out by hired hitman who conducted revenge killings, car bombs and shootouts.

The number of contract killings in Russia is believed to have gone down since the high of 1999.

  Source: Miram Elder, “Kidnappings scare rich Russian parents,” GlobalPost, May 6, 2011.