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Missing Russian Politician Found in Barrel of Cement

Ruling party member Mikhail Pakhomov said to have been killed over debts

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 18, 2013 11:25 AM CST
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(Newser) – Nearly a week after he was declared missing, a Russian lawmaker's body has turned up near Moscow—in an unidentified person's garage, squeezed into a barrel of cement. Mikhail Pakhomov, of the ruling United Russia party, was a member of the Lipetsk city parliament. "The nature of the wounds suggests that he was killed," investigators say, per the Moscow Times.

Twelve have been arrested in the case, with a former housing official suspected of ordering the lawmaker's death over money that was owed to him, RIA Novosti reports. The body was discovered last night and confirmed as the 36-year-old's today; but it wasn't the first odd twist in the case: Police on Thursday found some of Pakhomov's things in a car whose driver was said to be "acting strangely."

Mikhail Pakhomov's body was found near Moscow.
Mikhail Pakhomov's body was found near Moscow.   (Shutterstock)
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