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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Editor of Business Journal Found Bound, Murdered

The deputy editor of "Deloviye Lyudi," one of Russia's leading business journals, was found bound and murdered in his garage on Novolesnaya Ulitsa in central Moscow on Tuesday, a police spokesman said.


Vadim Biryukov, 65, was the founding editor of the journal, which publishes in Russian and English. He had headed Deloviye Lyudi's advertising department since 1995, said the magazine's current editor-in-chief, Sergei Tsekhmestrenko.


"It's too early to say for sure, but we think the motive could have been robbery," said Tsekhmestrenko. "His car was missing, though it's not clear why [the killers] should have murdered him to get it."


Tsekhmestrenko said Biryukov had "no outside business interests and no enemies." Alexander Potapov, deputy district attorney for the Tverskaya district, would not comment on the progress of the investigation.


Biryukov has recently returned from covering the Davos World Economic Forum, Tsekhmestrenko said, and had written no controversial articles recently. Biryukov is survived by his wife and three adult children.


Police said Tuesday there had been no progress in an unrelated investigation into the identity of three badly burned bodies found in an Audi 80 which had been set on fire in woods near Borisovsky Proyezd in South Moscow in the early hours of Monday morning. Two of the corpses -- a man and a woman -- were found in the back seat of the car, while a third man was discovered in the trunk. All three had gunshot wounds to the head, and the two men had been tied up, police said.


None of the victims' identification documents survived the fire, but expensive jewelry including two thick gold chains and a distinctively large, man's gold ring with a diamond were found on the corpses. The Audi was registered in Mytishchi, near Moscow, investigators said, and Moscow police are working with Mytishchi colleagues on the case.