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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Charges Dropped Against Sych Suspect

Prosecutors have dropped charges against a former Russian hockey official who had been suspected of involvement in the murder of Ice Hockey Federation President Valentin Sych, officials said Thursday.

Investigators found insufficient evidence to support charges against Robert Cherenkov, president of the now-defunct Inter-Nation Ice Hockey League, senior investigator Georgy Chuglazov was quoted as saying by Interfax.

Sych was gunned down outside his country home on April 22 as he and his wife were getting into their car.

Police had suspected Cherenkov of masterminding the apparent contract hit last April that shocked the Russian sports world.

The specific charges against him were not released.

The Inter-Nation Ice Hockey League was formed to organize commercial hockey competition, but disbanded in 1996.

Sych had opposed the establishment of the commercial league. The Ice Hockey Federation remains Russia's central hockey association, organizing amateur competition and forming the country's national team.

Cherenkov was released on his own recognizance last November because of health problems, Interfax reported.

Six other suspects were held in the case, and one more is wanted by the police, Chuglazov said.

Many businessmen and public officials have been killed since the collapse of the Soviet Union, and few of the suspected contract murders have been solved.