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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russian under investigation for student murder

Samuel Ganyo, a 26-year-old Ghanaian engineering student found dead in his dormitory room last week, apparently died of suffocation caused when thieves gagged and bound him, police officials said.

A Russian suspect is being investi-gated in the death, said Moscow Police Officer Alexander Feferov. He declined to release additional details as the suspect has not been arrested.

Ganyo's dormitory room was ran-sacked, police said. A camera, calculator, pair of shoes, jacket and 500 rubles were taken from the room on the fifth floor of the student hostel, located at 26 Yaroslavskoe Shosse. Ganyo's hard currency was untouched, they said.

Ganyo was a third-year student at the Moscow Civil Engineering Institute.

Rashid Inusah, first secretary consular of the Ghanian Embassy, said the militia has been taking fingerprints from the scene and checking floor traces from the third to fifth floors of the dormitory. He said he expects to receive a full report on the autopsy examination and a preliminary report on the investigation by March 27.

In response to a student petition, school officials have agreed to intensify security at the dormitories although efforts have not yet been fully implemented. Security guards will be hired to replace the ones that were on strike at the time of the murder. But the problem of financing their salaries remains.

The foreign students have asked to be placed in a single dormitory facility, but plans have been postponed until next week due to problems in furnishing the rooms. "You can't uproot the students if there are no beds", says Inusah.