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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Austrian Murdered in Moscow Apartment

A 41-year-old Austrian national has been found dead in his Moscow apartment, police said Thursday. He had been stabbed three times.

Tomac Nagy-Bachman, an independent petrochemical consultant, appeared to have died from three knife wounds to the chest, police spokeswoman Larisa Filatova said.

Police determined that Nagy-Bachman died at about 7 p.m. Wednesday, she said. Police discovered the body in the apartment on Bolshoi Kozlovsky Pereulok at 11 p.m.

Police believe the attack was connected to an attempted robbery or could be related to the victim's nonbusiness activities.

Filatova said, however, that the apartment that Nagy-Bachman was renting had not been burglarized.

Before working as an independent consultant, Nagy-Bachman was employed as an analyst at Alfa Capital, the investment division of Alfa Bank, a bank spokesman said. He left Alfa Capital in 1998.

A former associate of Nagy-Bachman's said the Austrian had acted as a pharmaceutical analyst for Alfa Capital.

The Austrian Embassy declined to comment on the death.

The Basmannya district prosecutor's office is treating the death as premeditated murder and has opened a criminal investigation, Filatova said.

Yevgeny Golubev, the investigator in charge of the case, declined to comment, saying that doing so may thwart his investigation.

"Criminals are well educated these days and can speak two to three foreign languages," he said.