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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bertelsmann Official Dies at Dacha

A senior executive with a division of German media giant Bertelsmann was found stabbed to death in her dacha in the Moscow region, prosecutors said Monday.

The body of Marina Pisareva, 47, was found with multiple stab wounds to her neck in the village of Semenkovo, about 18 kilometers southwest of Moscow, said Yelena Rossokhina, spokeswoman for the Moscow Region Prosecutor's Office.

Pisareva had apparently been killed with a dagger from a weapon collection that she kept at the dacha, Rossokhina said. Nothing appeared to have been stolen from the country home except the dagger, she said.

Investigators are not ruling out any possible motive, including Pisareva's professional activities, Rossokhina said. A source at the prosecutor's office told Interfax, however, that the case did not seem "particularly complex" and that it looked like a "domestic squabble."

Pisareva was the production manager at Bertelsmann Media Moscow, a small local publishing house focusing on illustrated books and owned by Bertelsmann's Direct Group, the company said in a statement. Bertelsmann Media Moscow has 17 employees and revenues of 1 million euros ($1.4 million).

"Based on information available to us, there is no connection between the crime and our business activities in Russia," the statement said.

Through RTL television, Bertelsmann owns 30 percent of the national channel Ren-TV.