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Deaths Challenge Putin's Reforms

Russian investigators on Monday confirmed they were studying links between contract killings of two of the country’s senior defence industry executives at the end of last week. The deaths have raised concerns about challenges to plans by Vladimir Putin, president, to reform the sector. Police were examining connections between the shooting of Igor Klimov on Friday morning in the centre of the Russian capital, and that of Sergei Shchitko in the Moscow suburb of Serpukhov late the same night, the Serpukhov prosecutor’s office said. Mr Klimov, acting general director of Almaz-Antei, was gunned down days ahead of a shareholder meeting at which he was likely to be confirmed as head of the combined group. Mr Shchitko was commercial director of one of the company’s subsidiaries. The killings come after a wave of assassinations of corporate and political figures. They are particularly significant because Mr Klimov had a background in the Russian special services and used to work in the Kremlin with Viktor Ivanov, a close colleague of Mr Putin. Full Story

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