Lukoil executive's daughter confirmed dead: investigators

12th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Russian investigators on Thursday confirmed the violent death of a top oil executive's daughter after identifying a body found in a forest outside Moscow in late April.

Viktoria Teslyuk, 16, disappeared in March after leaving the family home in a luxury development outside Moscow. Her father Robert Teslyuk is a senior executive at Russia's biggest private oil company Lukoil.

Genetic testing has now confirmed the identity of a body found last month in a forest north of Moscow, the investigative committee said in a statement.

The girl died "after a head injury including a broken skull," it said.

The investigation continues as it is unclear whether Teslyuk had been kidnapped. Her disappearance closely followed a kidnapping of the son of a top software developer, Eugene Kaspersky, in March, who was freed by the police.

Robbers demanded $4.4 million from Kaspersky's family and held him for five days before the dramatic rescue operation.

Police sources told LifeNews website that Teslyuk "clearly had not fallen victim to robbers or paedophiles," adding that none of her costly jewelry had disappeared.

Teslyuk's father is a senior executive responsible for the Arman oil field in Kazakhstan, which is a joint enterprise with Shell and China's Sinopec.

© 2011 AFP

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