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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Casino Denies Business Link to Victim

The management of Moscow's Golden Palace Casino denied Tuesday that assassination victim David Khachaturov was a co-owner of the establishment.

On Monday, Interfax reported that Khachaturov, whom it identified as a co-owner of the prestigious casino, had been shot and killed at the entrance to his home Monday afternoon. The assassin fled the scene, and police have launched an investigation.

But the director of the Golden Palace, who gave his name as Alexander, said in a telephone interview Tuesday that Khachaturov was just a client and had no business connection to the casino. According to Alexander, the casino had simply extended the client the courtesy of sending him home in a company car.

The public prosecutor's office of the Khoroshevsky District, where the victim's apartment is located, refused any comment.

Kommersant Daily, which also identified Khachaturov as a co-owner of the casino, reported Tuesday that Khachaturov "left his place of work" at 4 p.m. by company car to take his mother to the doctor.

His driver, after waiting 15 minutes in front of Khachaturov's apartment building, became concerned and went to look for him. He found Khachaturov in the entryway, bleeding but still alive, and went in search of a phone. By the time he returned, Khachaturov was dead.

The paper also said police found two pistols with silencers in the trash chute. Police refused to comment Tuesday.