An unidentified assailant shot Konstantin Meshcheryakov of Spetssetstroibank several times in the head, neck and torso Tuesday night, said Svetlana Petrenko, spokeswoman for the city prosecutors. A murder investigation has been opened, she said.
The ITAR-Tass news agency quoted an unnamed official in the prosecutor's office as saying Meshcheryakov could have been killed because of his professional activity and that the crime bore signs of a contract killing.
A spokeswoman at the bank declined to comment, reports AP.
Russia has seen a spate of contract killings in the banking sector. In October, the head of a branch of the state-controlled Vneshtorgbank was fatally shot in Moscow. The top deputy director of the Central Bank, Andrei Kozlov, was gunned down in the capital in September in a killing widely seen as connected to his efforts to clean up the banking sector.
Opened in 1994, Spetssetstroibank is a small private bank that has offices in Moscow and Russia's second-largest city, St. Petersburg.