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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Former Sports Fund Boss Fyodorov Dies




Boris Fyodorov, the controversial vice president of Russia's National Sports Fund, has died of a heart attack three years after narrowly escaping assassination, Interfax reported Monday.


Fyodorov, 40, was found dead at his Moscow apartment Monday but medical experts said he had died early Saturday.


Police did not immediately comment on the reports of his death, also carried by other news agencies and television.


The fund's president, Vladimir Vasin, said Fyodorov had been the "motor" behind the organization.


Fyodorov was removed three years ago as president of the fund after being accused of possessing cocaine, although the charges were dropped for lack of evidence. About a month later, he survived an attack by two men in which he was stabbed 12 times.


He was later reinstated as a vice president of the fund, which once enjoyed tax breaks and customs privileges that allowed it to import alcohol and tobacco cheaply and controlled assets running into billions of dollars.