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Russia Update: December 4, 2014
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The Interpreter
@Interpreter_Mag
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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Head Of Coca-Cola Factory Murdered In St. Petersburg
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The Investigative Committee of Russia reports that Dmitry Soshnev, the head of a Coca-Cola plant in St. Petersburg, has been murdered. Kommersant reports that the agency has arrested two men on suspicion of murdering the 37-year-old businessman.

Dmitry Soshnev, father of two, went missing on November 28. Vesti.ru reports that he was last seen leaving the factory compound on his BMW. The police found the car in the Frunzensky neighborhood during the investigation which started after the victim's mother reported Soshnev's disappearance,  writes Interfax. Soshnev's body was discovered soon after.

The Investigative Committee has arrested two men over the businessman's murder. One is a 28-year-old Azerbaijani citizen Denis Chkhitauri, who the agency believes was previously acquainted with Soshnev. The other is  46-year-old Vyacheslav Finogenov, who in 2007 was already sentenced to seven years in prison for murder.

The agency says that the two men arranged to meet Soshnev near Frunzensky garages. After murdering the man, the suspects took 150 thousand rubles (approximately US $2,800) and the car title from his BMW, which they intended to sell.

It is unclear why Soshnev came to the meeting with such a large amount of money. Several publications claim that he was looking to buy drugs from Chkhitauri. However, the Investigative Committee "categorically" insists that they do not confirm this version. The agent interviewed by Kommersant says that Soshnev may have intended to conduct a car deal with Chkhitauri and Finogenov, adding that this version has also not yet been confirmed.

Interfax reports that the Oktyabrsky District court of St. Petersburg has moved to keep Finogenov in custody pending further investigation. The Investigative Committee expects the court to take a similar decision with Chkhitauri. According to the investigators, both men have fully admitted their guilt and have cooperated by providing detailed accounts of the murder.

-- Anton Melnikov