Two arrests made Tuesday in the killing of Russia meat processing millionaire Vladimir Marugov who was shot with a crossbow while in a sauna with his girlfriend
54-year-old Marugov, aka ‘Russia’s sausage king’ was shot with was tortured and killed on a family estate near Moscow
He had been relaxing in the sauna with girlfriend Sabina Gaziyeva, 36, who was tied up with a rope, but managed to escape
Meat tycoon Marugov, owned some of Russia’s biggest meat processing factories
Police believe the objective of the masked intruders was to kill Marugov, staged to look like a home invasion robbery
Two people have been arrested, with a third suspect still at large, as the Russian Investigative Committee launched a murder probe
Alexander Mavridi, 49, an ethnic Greek, has been arrested for the murder is reported to be close to the sausage millionaire’s ex-wife, poet Tatyana Marugova
The estranged couple had been involved in a high profile property dispute in the past year, in the wake of their divorce
A man detained over the crossbow shooting of Russia’s ‘sausage king’ is reported to have been close to the dead meat mogul’s ex-wife.
Vladimir Marugov, 54, owner of the ‘Ozyorsky sausages’ and ‘Meat Empire’ sausage factories, was killed on Monday on a family estate 25 miles west of Moscow where he was staying with his girlfriend, Sabina Gaziyeva, 36.
The Russian media have reported the arrest of Alexander Mavridi, 49, an ethnic Greek, who has lived in Moscow for many years.
The suspect is reported to be close to the sausage millionaire’s ex-wife, poet Tatyana Marugova.
The meat tycoon, who owned some of Russia’s biggest meat processing plants, is believed to have been shot then tortured before bleeding to death.
A law enforcement source told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper: ‘According to preliminary data, the detainee [Mavridi] is closely acquainted with the ex-wife of the murdered businessman.’
Detectives also suspect that although the attack was staged to appear as a home invasion robbery, this may have been a ‘cover’.
Masked men tied up Marugov and his partner Sabina Gaziyeva who later escaped through a window to raise the alarm. the 36-year-old had rope wounds on her neck from being tied up.
By the time police reached the multi-millionaire he was dead.
‘In fact, they could have come precisely to kill Marugov,’ said the source.
‘Perhaps they let his mistress escape so that she would retell the story of robbers and torture.’
The committee said: ‘Several masked men entered a stand-alone sauna building on the household’s estate, tied up the owner of the house and his partner, and demanded the transfer of funds stored in the house.’
Police retrieved assailants getaway vehicle, a silver Citroen with a crossbow inside, but the assailants fled on foot into the nearby forest and made their escape.
The getaway car was recovered on the outskirts of the town of Istra, outside Moscow.
Two people have been arrested, with a third suspect still at large, as the Russian Investigative Committee launched a murder probe. Mavridi himself is being held in detention in by the investigative Committee.
The dead man’s mother, Lyubov, told police that her son had not wanted to go for a steam sauna but had been persuaded to do so by his girlfriend.
One of the couple’s two children had been with them, but left the garden sauna to return to the main house shortly before the attack.
Marugov reportedly, had been involved in a high profile property dispute with his ex-wife in the past year in the wake of their divorce.
The former couple’s son Alexander, 25, was killed in a motorbike crash last year.