Spokespeople for the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation said that the body of the deputy of the municipal council of the city of Lipetsk, Mikhail Pakhomov, was found. The body was found cemented in a metal barrel.
"In the course of the criminal investigation into the abduction and murder of a deputy of the Lipetsk City Council, Mikhail Pakhomov, in the basement of a private garage in the village of Obukhovo, the Moscow region, the body of the victim was found in a metal barrel filled with cement," officials told Pravda.Ru. "Investigators have collected enough evidence to confirm Pakhomov's violent death. A legal expertise will be conducted to establish circumstances of the crime."
Pakhomov was reported missing on February 12. As stated by officials from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, it was established in the course of investigation that Pakhomov had been kidnapped and possibly killed.
"It was established that he could be kidnapped by a group of persons, - officials said. - Five members of the group were identified. They are young people aged 24-30 years. They were detained and charged with kidnapping."
"It was revealed during investigation that the deputy had been kidnapped on the order from a Moscow resident, who previously served as Deputy Minister for Housing of the Government of the Moscow Region, Yevgeny Kharitonov, born in 1972. Kharitonov has been arrested along with four perpetrators of the crime."
Most likely, the deputy was murdered because of his business. Pakhomov was in charge of the company engaged in repairs and construction of railways.