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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gas Director Shot Dead




MOSCOW -- The director general of a prominent gas company in Siberia was gunned down at his home in what investigators said was almost certainly a contract killing, officials said Monday.


Artur Fritsler, the 51-year-old director of Tomskgazstroi, was killed with two shots to the head Sunday in the Siberian city of Strezhevoi, the regional Interior Ministry department said.


Fritsler's wife reportedly alerted police to the attack, though it was not immediately clear if she was at home when it occurred. An investigation into the killing was launched, but no suspects were immediately arrested.


Tomskgazstroi recently won a contract to build a gas pipeline in the Tomsk region. It works closely with Russia's gas monopoly Gazprom and oil company Yukos, Itar-Tass said.