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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Building Firm's Director Killed

The Russian director of an obscure construction-related company was assassinated as he left his south Moscow apartment Thursday.

Vladimir Kudryashov, the 35-year-old director of the firm StroiPotentsial, was found dead outside the entrance to his apartment at 60 Ulitsa Vavilova around 1 p.m. Thursday. He had suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

A spokesman for the Moscow police was unable to provide a possible motive for the crime or additional information Thursday. The Prosecutor General's Office has started a criminal investigation. Officials at several prominent Moscow construction-related firms had not heard of Kudryashov or his company.

The killing is the latest in a string of unsolved gangland slayings that have plagued the city's business community.

Sovincenter hotel and business complex general director Boris Gryaznov was shot near his apartment Nov. 13. Sovincenter owns and operates the World Trade Center complex and Mezhdunarodnaya Hotel on the Moskva River.