MOSCOW – Businessman Vladimir Marugov, also known as the sausage king of Moscow – who called one of his factories “The Meat Empire” – was naked in a sauna hut on Sunday night when two masked assailants attacked him and his lover.
The attackers demanded money, then tied up Marugov and his partner before murdering the businessman with a crossbow. Her lover subsequently managed to escape from the crime scene and alerted authorities to the bloody massacre. banya.
Before his grim demise, multimillionaire Marugov dreamed of turning his family business into a traditional sausage empire, much like the most respected German or Austrian sausage companies, so he could pass first to his son, then to his grandchildren. The idea of succession was deeply ingrained in his mind; Marugov shared this dream in every interview he gave. But recently that dream of stable living collapsed. Several years ago he left his wife for a younger woman – the same lover who found himself in the sauna attack. Then her oldest son died in a traffic accident last year.
And on Sunday, Marugov’s own life ended in the most dramatic way.
The businessman had enemies in his closest circle and he was waging a furious war for property with his family members.
Like many Russian elite men, Marugov lived a double life: one with his beautiful wife, the poet Tatiana Marugova, and their son; and another with his business partner, Sabina Gaziyeva, 36, a brunette with long hair (just like his wife). When Marugov divorced Tatiana, he first acted dignified: the oligarch left his wife and son, the future heir to wealth, a spacious apartment, a villa and his beloved sausage factory. But later Marugov changed his mind and claimed all his possessions.
Russia – where even the president has divorced his first wife and is said to have a mysterious private life, including several children of Olympic champion Alina Kabayeva – likes to chat about rich family dramas. A few years ago, the whole country was discussing the grim details of the personal scandals of the Marugovs.
His ex-wife, the poet Tatiana, published his words full of pain and despair, then appeared on state television in an Aleksey Malakhov gossip show and said: “I found out that he there was a lover in his bed for half of our life; that my husband bought him apartments and vehicles. The biggest injury, Tatiana said, was that Marugov stopped communicating with their 23-year-old son Alexander after having two children with his new partner. Marugov devoted her entire life to the new family, she accused. The ex-wife shared her pain to millions of Russians on Malakhov’s show: “I got death threats from him, trust me, he’s not going to stop until he will not crush me, ”she complained to the nation.
The war against the Meat Empire and other family possessions lasted five years. Then another tragedy struck: Marugov’s son Alexander crashed his motorcycle in July of last year and died.
Marugov was the second Russian businessman to be murdered in his sauna in recent weeks. Authoritarian businessman Alexander Petrov was murdered in a sauna in the city of Vyborg, near the border with Finland, in late October.
Former intelligence agent Gennady Gudkov told the Daily Beast that the latest killings should be a wake-up call for all of Russia’s elite to reverse their security situation. “If I were a Russian oligarch today, I would pay attention both to the assassination of Marugov, which was skillfully carried out by a crossbow shooter, as well as another recent assassination of the man. businessman Alexander Petrov – he was killed while leaving his sauna. , a place where one is so vulnerable, ”said Gudkov.
On Monday evening, the police apprehended the suspected murderers of Marugov. It is still not clear who was behind the killings, but Gudkov, a longtime director of a security firm, suspects it was an organized coup. “I once managed to prevent a contract murder: a woman ordered the murder of her husband as a revenge, after he raised the rent on his store; later she confessed to me her true intentions, ”said Gudkov, who is experienced in investigating crimes in Russia. “I’m sure investigators suspect Marugov’s closest family members [or] friends as some of the main suspects.
Thousands of Russians have lost their jobs in recent months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The criminal situation has worsened in many areas. One of them, the Republic of Tatarstan, reported a 25% increase in criminal cases in April. During the period from January to June, the number of cybercrimes and financial scams also increased by 91%, the Russian Interior Ministry reported. “We feared in April that the unemployed would form criminal gangs,” Moscow businessman Vasily Zubakin told the Daily Beast. But he said targeting wealthy individuals was nothing new. “In general, criminals here have robbed summer cottages and tortured private landlords during times of high oil prices and low oil prices, before and during the virus.”
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