An investigation into the crossbow murder of a Russian sausage tycoon took a strange turn, as police ransacked a suspect’s home for clues instead of finding a man in handcuffs. on the bed column.
Investigators say the man they describe as a retiree is in custody and blackmailed to sign his apartment, suggesting a broader crime cycle behind the gruesome murder. tycoon Vladimir Marugov on Monday.
Police have arrested two suspects involved in the murder of the “Sausage King”;, which has compared the violent attacks on Russian businessmen from the 1990s. But another suspect is still large.
Marugov, 54 and his partner, named Sabina Gaziyeva by Russian media, were in the sauna at his estate near Moscow as two masked attackers burst in, tying the couple by wire and asking for money.
Gaziyeva tried to escape through the window and summoned the police. However, when they got home, Marugov was shot dead and the murderers fled. The vacation car was later discovered in a nearby village. Inside it, police found masks, crossbows used in the attack and some bolts.
Marugov is a famous businessman who owns some of the country’s largest meat processing factories, including one that translates as the Meat Empire.
He drew attention in 2018 for publicly feuding with his ex-wife, poet Tatyana Marugova, over a divorce. His son Alexander died in a motorbike accident last year.
Investigators arrested one of the two suspected attackers. A representative of the Russian Investigation Commission said in a statement that he “bought the crossbow in a Moscow store and was directly involved in the businessman attack”. The suspect is currently unknown, and has refused to cooperate in the investigation.
On Tuesday, investigators said they raided a suspect’s apartment and found a pensioner handcuffed to a bed post. The man told police he was being held against his will and was pressured to sign his Moscow apartment.
Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported, the man may have been affected by “a psychotropic substance”. Police arrested another person at the scene, who appeared to be guarding the prisoner.
This man was later identified by Russian state media as Alexei Zavgorodniy, a lawyer known for his role as the representative of a notorious mafia hand in the 1990s. Contract killer Alexander Solonik, known comes more as Sasha the Macedonian because of his superb marksmanship with pistols in both hands (called the “Macedonian style” in Russian). Solonik was involved in dozens of murders and escaped from prison three times before being strangled to death by another famous assassin, Alexander Pustovalov.
Investigators write that they believe the suspect in the Marugov murder was also involved in defrauding Muslims to take their valuable apartments.
The police are still looking for a second murder suspect in the case.