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Friday, 18 January 2008

shooting a Moscow businessman, cutting off his head and making off with $20,000 in cash

Police have arrested two men suspected of shooting a Moscow businessman, cutting off his head and making off with $20,000 in cash, a law enforcement source said Tuesday.
The suspects were arrested Monday in Moscow after the victim's decapitated body was discovered in the Moscow region city of Volokolamsk, the source said on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation.
The investigation is being handled by the Investigative Committee branch at the Moscow Region Prosecutor's Office, said Yelena Rossokhina, spokeswoman for the regional prosecutor's office. She would not say whether the suspects had been charged, saying she was not authorized to give any details on the case.
If charged and convicted of murder, the suspects face up to life in prison.
Calls to the regional Investigative Committee went unanswered Tuesday.
According to the source, the 29-year-old unidentified businessman left his apartment on Nov. 21 and drove to Volokolamsk with the two suspects in a Mitsubishi Pajero sport utility vehicle. In a wooded area in the city, one of the suspects shot the businessman dead with a Saiga hunting rifle and took $20,000 in cash that the victim had with him.
Using an ax and a knife, the suspects removed the businessman's head from his torso, the source said. The victim's body was discovered in the Pajero the same day, but police tracked down the suspects only after being notified Friday that the businessman had disappeared, the source said.
The Saiga rifle -- registered to one of the suspects -- was found during their arrest Monday, the source said.
An Interior Ministry source said the suspects were both unemployed and born in 1989 and 1975, respectively, the Regnum news agency reported Tuesday. They buried the businessman's head, the source said.

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