Russian lawmaker's body found cemented in barrel
MOSCOW (AP) - The body of a Russian lawmaker was found cemented in a barrel, and a former government official has been accused of ordering the killing over an US$80 million (S$99.2 million) debt, officials said on Monday.
Mr Mikhail Pakhomov, 37, went missing last week. He was a member of the local legislature in Lipetsk, a city some 350km south of Moscow. He 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, and that authorities found Mr 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.