Russian businessman killed in Saint Petersburg

5th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

A second businessman has been shot to death in less than two weeks in Saint Petersburg, Russia's cultural capital where contract killings proliferated after the Soviet collapse, officials said Wednesday.

Evgeny Salomatkin, 31, the financial director of a vegetable trading company, was killed after gunmen emptied a dozen bullets into him near his home before fleeing in a car, said a criminal investigating committee.

Last week 49-year-old Sergei Sosnovtsev, a director of a market, was shot inside his Porsche in the southeast of Russia's former imperial capital.

Police said that shooting was linked to Sosnovtsev's professional activity and that four people have been arrested in connection with the death.

Contract killings were rife in Saint Petersburg in the years immediately following the Soviet breakup in 1991, but have become rare in recent years.

© 2011 AFP

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