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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

2 Suspects Held in Tsvetkov Case

APProsecutors said that with the arrests, the case of Magadan Governor Valentin Tsvetkov's murder is all but solved.
A second suspect has been arrested in last fall's brazen murder of Magadan Governor Valentin Tsvetkov, and prosecutors consider the case largely solved, officials said Monday.

The suspect, Sergei Filipenko, was detained Thursday, and a court on Friday sanctioned his detention for 10 days while prosecutors draw up charges, Prosecutor General's Office spokeswoman Natalya Vishnyakova said.

She refused to provide any other details about the suspect or the murder investigation.

Tsvetkov, 54, was gunned down in broad daylight near his office on Novy Arbat on Oct. 18 in an attack that had all the markings of a contact hit. The killing is widely believed to be linked to conflicts around his region's highly lucrative gold mining or fishing industries.

Investigators in March arrested their first suspect, Artur Anisimov, a 40-year-old Armenian native. Anisimov ran a private security outfit in Magadan whose clients included companies controlled by Tsvetkov's adviser, Valentina Tikhacheva. Tikhacheva herself was arrested earlier this year on suspicion of involvement in the misappropriation of $16 million worth of seafood.

Deputy Prosecutor Vladimir Kolesnikov and Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov have said Tsvetkov might have been killed in a feud over fishing quotas. During the course of the murder investigation, authorities have opened criminal cases against two fisheries officials who are suspected of illegally fishing for crab and other shellfish under the guise of scientific research.

Investigators also have said they are looking into a possible connection between the killing and Tsvetkov's efforts to ensure the repayment of a $45 million loan to the region's largest gold venture, Omolon.

The Prosecutor General's Office said Monday that five suspects in Tsvetkov's murder remain at large but with Filipenko's arrest the case has been all but solved.

"The case can be described as solved, but the investigation continues," prosecutor's office spokesman Viktor Potapov said.