Russia’s ‘sausage king’ is tortured to death after being shot with a crossbow while relaxing in a sauna with his girlfriend
- Vladimir Marugov, 54, was tortured for an hour on a family estate near Moscow
- He had been relaxing in the sauna with girlfriend Sabina Gaziyeva, who escaped
- Marugov, who was going through a divorce, owned meat processing factories
Russia’s ‘sausage king’ has been shot with a crossbow and tortured to death while he was relaxing in a sauna with his girlfriend.
Vladimir Marugov, 54, owner of the ‘Ozyorsky sausages’ and ‘Meat Empire’ sausage factories, was killed on Monday on a family estate 25 miles west of Moscow where he was staying with Sabina Gaziyeva, 36.
The couple were tied up by the assailants who were demanding money, before Sabina escaped through a window and called police from a neighbouring house.
Vladimir Marugov, Russia’s ‘sausage king’, has been shot with a crossbow and tortured to death while relaxing in a sauna with his girlfriend, police say
His girlfriend Sabina Gaziyeva, 36, escaped through a window and called police from a neighbouring house
Marugov had been involved in a high profile property dispute with his ex-wife, poet Tatyana Marugova (pictured) in the past year
The sausage tsar was tortured ‘for an hour’ after being shot as his assailants sought to extract information from him, say reports.
When police arrived at the scene he had died from blood loss, with visible wounds on his back and shoulder.
Police retrieved a silver Citroen with a crossbow but the assailants made away by foot in the forest.
The Investigative Committee said the intruders had demanded that Marugov hand over cash kept at his home.
The sausage tsar, who owned some of Russia’s biggest meat processing plants, was tied up and tortured ‘for an hour’
Police retrieved a silver Citroen with a crossbow (pictured with a target alongside) but the assailants made away by foot in the forest
Two people have been arrested and the Russian Investigative Committee is launching a murder probe
The getaway car was found in a village in the suburbs of Istra, a town west of Moscow where affluent Russians have country homes known as dachas and like to spend the weekends.
Two suspects were later detained and the Russian Investigative Committee is leading a murder probe.
Marugov had been involved in a high profile property dispute with his ex-wife, poet Tatyana Marugova in the past year.
There were rumours of financial difficulties and debts.
The former couple’s son Alexander, 25, was killed in a motorbike crash last year.
The committee said: ‘Several masked men entered a stand-alone sauna building on the household’s estate, tied up the owner and his partner, and demanded the transfer of funds.’
Marugov’s son Alexander (pictured together) was killed in a motorbike crash last year
Rumours have persisted about financial difficulties and debts in Marugov’s former marriage