Russia scientist behind Sputnik V vaccine strangled to death

TEHRAN, Mar. 04 (MNA) – The Russian authorities have opened up a probe after a top scientist who worked on the development of Sputnik V coronavirus vaccines was strangled to death in his Moscow apartment on Friday. 

The virologist identified as 47-year-old Andrey Botikov was one of the 18 scientists who worked on the Sputnik V vaccine at the Gamaleya National Research Center which was released in 2020. He was found strangled by a belt at his Rogova Street home on March 2, according to Wio News.

Earlier, it was suggested that he had survived the attack after an intruder broke into his home. However, the Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR) has now opened a probe into the matter and has zeroed in on a 29-year-old man who is alleged to have killed the scientist with the belt over a disagreement. 

ICR's Moscow division in a statement released informed that a criminal investigation was ongoing and that the assailant was nabbed "in the shortest possible time". 

"During the interrogation, he admitted his guilt, and he was charged. Previously, the defendant was prosecuted for committing a serious crime," read the statement. 

Botikov was a celebrated scientist in the country and was awarded the Order of Merit for the Fatherland for his work on the vaccine. Prior to his work on the Sputnik V vaccine.

His death comes in the backdrop of Russian General Vladimir Makarov allegedly committing suicide at his country home last month. 

Similarly, a Russian business tycoon named Pavel Antov was found dead after he fell out of a hotel window while staying in India. 

The multi-millionaire was on holiday in the eastern state of Odisha where he was celebrating his 66th birthday.


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