A Russian pilot who defected to Ukraine with his helicopter last year was found dead in an underground garage on the Costa Blanca

His body was found riddled with bullets in an underground garage as assassins caught up with him.
The body found on Feb 13 in the town of Villajoyosa, near Alicante in southern Spain, belonged to pilot Maxim Kuzminov, who had landed in Ukraine with his Mi-8 helicopter last August.
 He had been living in Spain with a Ukrainian passport under a different name, although it appears his cover was blown as the Russian assassins tracked him down.
A spokesperson for Ukraine’s GUR military intelligence confirmed that Kuzminov had died in Spain but did not specify the cause of death.
Ukraine’s Ukrainska Pravda newspaper also reported that he had been found shot dead.
Spanish police have confirmed that a body was found of a gunshot victim in the town but have not disclosed the victim’s identity. A source at Spain’s Guardia Civil police force said the victim could have lived under a fake identity.
 Investigators are searching for two suspects who had fled in a vehicle that was later found burnt out in a nearby town.
Kuzminov’s defection to Ukraine was presented last year as a major coup for Kyiv. The GUR said at the time that it had lured him into defecting.