Russian energy boss Igor Shkurko was found dead yesterday in his cell at a detention center in Yakutsk, a port city in eastern Siberia.
Another top energy boss in Russia has been found dead in mysterious circumstances – after he was accused of taking a bribe.
The body of Igor Shkurko, 49, deputy general director of Russian energy company Yakutskenergo, was discovered yesterday in his cell in a detention centre in Yakutsk, a port city in eastern Siberia.
The day before his death the executive had submitted appeals against what he claimed was an unjust bribery allegation.
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The Russian authorities have provided no details on how Shkurko died, but asserted there were no signs of a ‘criminal death’, based on ‘preliminary data’.
His company issued a statement saying: ‘We will remember him as an open, hospitable person with a big heart and a good sense of humour, the caring head of a close-knit family.’
Shkurko, who was a high earner, was accused of demanding a £5,000 bribe. He was a member of the pro-Putin United Russia political party but his membership was suspended when the bribe allegation was made.
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