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Double Murder in Defense Industry

A Kremlin-connected executive in charge of one of the country’s biggest defense concerns was shot dead Friday and a top official at one of the company’s subsidiaries was killed the same way hours later, a double murder that has sent the defense industry reeling. Igor Klimov, acting general director of the Almaz-Antei Concern and a former aide in the presidential administration, died from bullet wounds outside his Moscow apartment building on Friday morning, in at least the fifth high-profile murder in the capital in the past two months. Klimov had been delegated by the Kremlin to streamline the development and production of Russia’s best-selling air defense systems by merging rival enterprises into an industrial behemoth expected to have annual combined sales in the hundreds of millions of dollars. On Sunday, Moscow region police said that Sergei Shchitko, commercial director at Almaz-Antei’s subsidiary RATEP, was killed by three gunshots to the head shortly before midnight Friday, Interfax reported. The shooting took place when Shchitko was sitting in his car outside a cafe in Serpukhov, the southern Moscow suburb where RATEP is located. Full Story

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