The body of a Russian local lawmaker has been found cemented in a barrel, and a former government official has been accused of ordering the killing over an $80 million debt, officials said Monday.
Mikhail Pakhomov, 37, [left] went missing last week. He was a member of the local legislature in Lipetsk, a city some 350 kilometres south of Moscow, and was last seen last Tuesday when three unidentified men pushed him into a car outside a restaurant in Lipetsk and drove away.
Russia’s Investigative Committee says several suspects were detained in the case, and that authorities found Pakhomov’s badly beaten body in a barrel of cement in a garage.
Russian television stations aired footage provided by police that showed a fragment of a barrel, pieces of concrete and officers carrying what appeared to be Pakhomov’s body on a stretcher and loading it into a vehicle.
The Investigative Committee said Yevgeny Kharitonov is being held on suspicion of ordering the killing of Pakhomov, allegedly over the $80 million debt. Kharitonov is a former deputy minister for communal services in the Moscow region’s provincial government
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