Lawmaker's body found in cement barrel

2013-02-18 15:00
(Rafa Rivas, AFP)

(Rafa Rivas, AFP)

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Moscow - The body of a kidnapped Russian lawmaker has been found in a cement-filled barrel in a cellar outside Moscow, investigators said on Monday.

"The body of Mikhail Pakhomov, a lawmaker from Lipetsk city council, has been found in one of the cellars of a private garage in a metal barrel filled with cement," the Investigative Committee said in a statement.

"Investigators have gathered enough evidence to establish the violent nature of Pakhomov's death," it said.

Pakhomov, aged 37, disappeared on February 12 in the central Russian city of Lipetsk, and investigators immediately opened a probe into murder.

The interior ministry said on Monday that police had detained 11 people on suspicion of committing the crime including the suspected mastermind, whom it described as a 40-year-old Muscovite.

Before the discovery of the body, the Investigative Committee had announced on Sunday it was charging the former deputy minister of housing services for the Moscow region, Yevgeny Kharitonov, with ordering Pakhomov's kidnapping.

Investigators have not disclosed the motive for the apparent contract killing.

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