|Corrupt Russian Politician Found Buried in Cement|
|by Tom McGregor||Mon, Feb 18, 2013, 07:41 PM|
The corpse of a missing legislator and construction tycoon was discovered in a private basement garage in a suburb of Moscow. His body was inside a rusted metal barrel filled with cement, the police announced on Monday.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that, "Russian television showed investigators removing the body of the man, Mikhail Pakhomov, 36, on Sunday evening from the garage, 32 kilometers east of Moscow, where the police said he had been tortured and killed over an outstanding $80 million loan."
The murder emerged amidst a rising tide of brutal violence that routinely occurs from business disputes in the 1990s. Pakhomov, who had been reported missing last Tuesday, appeared to be a promising young star in United Russia, the ruling party founded by President Vladimir Putin. He has served as head of a construction firm that was reported to have won major contracts to develop utilities and infrastructure in several cities.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, "Sergei B. Ivanaov, Putin’s chief of staff, last year called housing and utilities services one of Russia’s most corrupt sectors. Many lucrative contracts are doled out on the municipal level, and large sums of money are at stake."
Politicians attempting to battle graft have succumbed to violent attacks. In 2011, Mayor Yevgeny Dushko of Sergiyev Posad had been gunned down in his driveway in a contract killing that investigators alleged was most likely due to his disagreements with the city’s utility contractors.
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