A screen shot from a Russia 1 television channel interview with former organised crime hitman Alexei Sherstobitov, known as “Alexei the Soldier". The assassin has become a celebrity behind bars.

Last hitman standing: assassin for Russian organised crime gangs turns kills into thrills as he pens bestselling autobiography

Alexei the Soldier’s weapon of choice was an anti-tank rocket, he took a contract on his first boss, and claims he was hired to eliminate Boris Berezovsky. Betrayed by love, he’s forged a remarkable new career behind bars and written his life story

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A screen shot from a Russia 1 television channel interview with former organised crime hitman Alexei Sherstobitov, known as “Alexei the Soldier". The assassin has become a celebrity behind bars.
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Pavel Toropov

Pavel Toropov

Involved in competitive sport since the age of four, after completing a PhD in Ecology, Pavel worked in Colombia, Brazil, the UAE, South Korea and China. His love of outdoors sees him setting courses for ultra-marathons in Bhutan, powder skiing in Japan and guiding tourists to both the North and South Poles. He also crossed South America by bicycle, pedalling over 12,000 kilometres, alone. A former competitive distance runner, Pavel speaks English, Chinese, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese and French and supports AFC Wimbledon, his local football club.