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Officially: Suspect in the Murder of a Russian Banker Was Found Dead in Vitsebsk Detention Center

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Officially: Suspect in the Murder of a Russian Banker Was Found Dead in Vitsebsk Detention Center

The Investigative Committee is checking the circumstances of his death.

Andrei Skripkin was detained yesterday in Minsk on suspicion of the murder of Mikhail Yakhontov, a former top manager of the bankrupt Smolensk Bank, and his family. Now Skripkin was found dead in a Belarusian detention center. According to TASS, the suspect in the triple murder committed suicide.

The bodies of Mikhail Yakhontov, 57-year-old former deputy manager of the Moscow branch of Smolensk Bank, his 39-year-old wife, and their 8-year-old son were found on October 26 in a Moscow apartment. According to TASS, several versions of the murder are being considered, including the financial one.

Previously, Yakhontov was tried for embezzlement and premeditated bankruptcy. And in March 2019, the court found him and three other former top managers of Smolensk Bank OJSC guilty of large embezzlement and deliberate bankruptcy. Yakhontov was sentenced to 6 years in prison. In addition, the court ruled to recover more than 8.4 billion Russian rubles from four managers.

According to some information, the suspect in the murder of Yakhontov was detained in Belarus on October 27, when he was heading for Europe.

The Investigative Committee of Belarus confirmed to Onliner the fact of the death of the man in the isolation ward. They commented as follows: "The Investigative Committee of Belarus is checking the circumstances of the death in the IVS in Vitsebsk of a 55-year-old suspect in the murder of a family in Moscow. The investigative-operational group is now conducting an inspection in the detention center. At the moment, the evidence suggests that suicide had taken place."