Alexander Solonik

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Alexander Solonik
Alexander Solonik, photo appeared on Russian television, soon after the news about his death surfaced
Born Alexander Viktorovich Solonik
(1960-10-16)October 16, 1960
Kurgan, Kurgan Oblast, RSFSR Soviet Union
Died January 31, 1997(1997-01-31) (aged 36)[Note 1]
Athens Greece
Cause of death Strangled
Nationality Russian Greek
Other names Sasha the Macedonian / Superkiller
Occupation Hitman
Spouse(s) Svetlana Kotova (Miss Russia '96. Killed along with him)
Allegiance Orekhovskaya criminal group

Alexander Viktorovich Solonik (Russian: Алекса́ндр Ви́кторович Соло́ник, 16 October 1960 – 31 January 1997), also known as Boguslav the Macedonian,[Note 2] and Superkiller, was an infamous Russian hitman.


Early life[edit]

Aleksandr Solonik was born in 1960 in the Russian city of Kurgan.[1] As a child, Solonik showed great interest in martial arts and firearms. When finishing school, he was conscripted to the Soviet Army and was deployed to a tank regiment, a part of the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany. Soon after his conscript service ended, Solonik joined the OMON - a riot police unit - and eventually received training at the Gorkovskiy Institute. However, after 6 months he was expelled for extreme violence towards suspects. Upon returning home, Solonik obtained a job as a gravedigger at the Kurgan cemetery. He was soon married, and his wife gave birth to a daughter.[2]. After some time they divorced and Solonik remarried another woman, with whom he had a son. Solonik was charged with rape in 1987 and sentenced to 8 years in prison. During a farewell meeting with his wife before he was deported, Solonik escaped by jumping from the second floor of a building. After several months Solonik was apprehended 120 miles north of Kurgan and taken to the prison.[3].


Because Solonik served on active duty and had some police training, he was entitled to a solitary confinement, but later was transferred to serve his jail time among the other general population of the prison. When it became known to the other inmates that Solonik had worked for the police, he was marked for death. According to rumor, Solonik took on as many as 12 inmates at a time, earning the respect of his fellow prisoners. After 2 years of imprisonment, he escaped again.

Solonik went back home to Kurgan, joined the local criminal organization and started work as a hitman. Solonik's first target, the leader of a rival organization, stood little chance and was eliminated in 1990 in the city of Tyumen. After this hit, Solonik traveled to Moscow with other members of the Kurgan organization to seek work. In 1992, Solonik assassinated Russian thief in law Viktor Nikiforov. Six months later he murdered another important Russian mob boss. This time the victim was thief in law Valeri Dlugatsj. Dlugatsj was shot in a crowded disco despite the fact that he was surrounded by bodyguards. In 1994 Solonik eliminated Vladislav Vinner, a boss of a rival organization, who became in charge after Dlugatsj's death. It was reported that in 1994 Solonik tried to extort money from another Russian mobster. The mobster made a phone call to settle the extortion, and Solonik immediately identified him as Otari Kvantrishvili, one of the most powerful Russian mobsters in history. Apparently, Solonik was unable to extort money from Kvantrishvili and several weeks later murdered him in an act of revenge.[4] However, the story is doubtful as other people from a gang unrelated to Solonik were convicted in 2008 for Kvantrishvili's murder. Rumors spread that he was supported by the Chechnian groups.

By this time, Solonik had become famous among the criminal underworld and law enforcement figures.[5] Law enforcement took a special interest, and made several attempts to send him back to prison. Solonik and a fellow criminal were apprehended by the Moscow police when they were having a drink at a Moscow marketplace. The police failed to check Solonik thoroughly, and he opened fire in the police station with a small automatic weapon which he concealed under a raincoat.[6] He hit 3 policemen and ran outside. As he fled the station, he shot 2 more police officers. Solonik was also shot (it is said that the bullet hit him in the kidney). He was cornered, but managed to keep the officers at bay. Eventually he was overpowered and surrendered. Solonik was then sent to a Moscow prison and underwent an operation to remove the bullet in his kidney. In his spare time at the prison, he studied foreign languages. In 1995 he escaped yet again, when his jailer Sergey Menshikov, rumored to be a mob sleeper agent, provided him with a pistol and climbing equipment. Having placed a mannequin under the blanket of Solonik's bed to delay pursuit, the man escaped, using the climbing equipment to grapple down from the prison roof.[7]

This time Solonik had few hiding places in Russia, for his name and face were known, but he disappeared without a trace.[8]

Eventually Solonik surfaced in Greece with a fake passport, which he secured from the Greek consulate in Moscow. In Greece, Solonik set up his own organization of around 50 men, which dealt in narcotic shipments and contract killings. Solonik's organization bought several villas in an Athens suburb. Solonik's reputation now grew to legendary proportions with the public and he made Russia's top ten "Most Wanted" list.


In February 1997 Greek newspapers published articles that claimed a Russian mob boss had been found dead 15 miles from Athens. The body was found strangled to death and had no identification documents on him. Authorities nevertheless identified the body as Solonik.[9] In the weeks after his body was found, Greek authorities raided the villas of Solonik's organization and found an arsenal of weapons. They also discovered that Solonik had been hired to carry out a "hit" in Italy.[10]


  1. ^ Solonik's solicitor Valeriy Karyshev, who attended the police identification and burial, said that the dead man had little similarity with his former client. Solonik's mother, who identified the corpse as her son's body, didn't attend the funeral
  2. ^ A reference to Alexander the Great and Solonik's Greek descent and ability to shoot handguns from both hands, in Russian called a Macedonian shooting (Russian: Стрельба по-македонски)