The police arrested a 62-year-old man from Amsterdam on Tuesday morning on suspicion of involvement in the death of the then 65-year-old Russian businessman Aleksandr Levin (photo). Its torso (wrapped in blue plastic) was found on January 30, 2013 in the Amsterdam IJ near the NSDM shipyard.
According to the police, the arrest of the suspect was made on the basis of forensic evidence. The Dutch Forensic Institute (NFI) has compared the suspect’s DNA with the traces found on the fuselage and attributes with which the fuselage was wrapped. That led to a match.
The cold case team of the Amsterdam police has now been able to make contact with the victim’s relatives in Russia. Therefore, the police can now officially confirm his identity and release a photo of him. By showing the photo, the research team hopes to gain new information from people who may know more about the victim or who may have seen or spoken to him shortly before his death.
Aleksandr Levin was a wealthy Russian businessman who dealt in art and antiques. The man’s family previously reported him missing in Russia. DNA was provided and has been included in the international database. This led to the identification of the victim in May 2022. Due to the war in Ukraine, there was no contact with the Russian authorities. The man’s relatives could therefore not be informed earlier about his death.
The police reported in a press release on Tuesday that it has now also been established that the victim’s torso was removed from the water near the home of the suspect arrested this morning in Amsterdam-Noord. A neighborhood investigation will take place in the vicinity of the suspect’s home on Tuesday morning.
In this case there is still a reward of 15,000 euros for the golden tip that leads to the solution of the case.