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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Businessman Linked to Olympic Scandal Killed

Itar-TassChevalier Nusuyev in 2002
Chevalier Nusuyev, a wealthy Dagestani businessman once suspected by U.S. authorities of fixing figure skating results at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, was shot dead late Monday in an apparent contract hit in southwestern Moscow.

An unidentified assailant in a Volga sedan fired five shots at Nusuyev, 36, as he was leaving his Sim-Sim restaurant at 18 Ulitsa Miklukho-Maklaya at about 11:50 p.m., police said, Rossiiskaya Gazeta reported.

Nusuyev was rushed to the hospital, where he died of his injuries early Tuesday, the newspaper said on its web site.

Police said the killing bore all the hallmarks of a contract hit. They were looking into Nusuyev's business activities for clues as to who might have ordered the killing.

In addition to Sim-Sim, Nusuyev owned a company called Chevalier.

A former president of the Children's Sports Foundation, he and a business partner, reputed mobster Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov, were suspected by U.S. authorities of trying to bribe a French judge at the 2002 Games.

Tokhtakhounov — who is known as Taivanchik, or the Little Taiwanese, for his Asian features — was arrested in Italy in July 2002 on U.S. charges that he helped a Russian pair win a gold medal in exchange for a French ice dancing victory.

The charges were based mainly on wiretapped telephone conversations, including with a man identified in Italian police transcripts as Chevalier — thought to be Nusuyev, The Associated Press reported.

Nusuyev said he was in Salt Lake City for the Games but denied any involvement in fixing.

An Italian court refused to extradite Tokhtakhounov and set him free in June 2003. He now lives in Moscow.