Russian physicist killed in Moscow region: officials

16th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

A Russian scientist was knifed to death Tuesday at a Moscow region recreation base several months after accepting a bribe from a paintball company, investigators said.

Pyotr Domnin, 65, was found dead Tuesday morning with "multiple knife wounds" in Zhostovo recreation facility, said the Russian investigative committee of prosecutors in a statement.

Domnin has headed the state Institute of Radio Measurement Devices in the Moscow region since 2006. The physicist has a dozen patents and has headed several firms in the 1990s, according to the institute's website.

The recreation facility, located northwest of the capital, is owned by the institute, which has produced radio equipment since the 1960s.

Last May, Moscow region prosecutors launched a criminal probe against Domnin, alleging he extorted a 10,000-dollar (7,400-euro) bribe from a firm which wanted to continue a paintball business at the recreation center.

Domnin demanded the payment after the firm's management changed, and illegally withheld the firm's paintball equipment at the recreation base, prosecutors said in May.

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