Russia's 'sausage king' tortured to death after being shot with a crossbow while relaxing in a sauna

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Russia's 'sausage king' is tortured to death after being shot with a crossbow while relaxing in a sauna with his girlfriend

Vladimir Marugov, 54, was tortured for an hour on a family estate near MoscowHe had been relaxing in the sauna with girlfriend Sabina Gaziyeva, who escapedMarugov, who was going through a divorce, owned meat processing factories

By Will Stewart for MailOnline

Published: 15:54 GMT, 2 November 2020 | Updated: 16:19 GMT, 2 November 2020

Russia's 'sausage king' has been shot with a crossbow and tortured to death while he was relaxing in a sauna with his girlfriend, police say. 

Vladimir Marugov, 54, was killed on Monday on a family estate 25 miles west of Moscow where he was staying with Sabina Gaziyeva, 36.

Sabina escaped through a window and called police from a neighbouring house.

Vladimir Marugov, Russia's 'sausage king', has been shot with a crossbow and tortured to death while relaxing in a sauna with his girlfriend, police say

His girlfriend Sabina Gaziyeva, 36, escaped through a window and called police from a neighbouring house

Marugov had been involved in a high profile property dispute with his ex-wife, poet Tatyana Marugova (pictured) in the past year

The sausage tsar, who owned some of Russia's biggest meat processing plants, was tied up and tortured 'for an hour' after being shot as his assailants sought to extract information from him, say reports.

When police arrived at the scene he had died from blood loss, with visible wounds on his back and shoulder.

Police retrieved a silver Citroen with a crossbow but the assailants made away by foot in the forest.

The sausage tsar, who owned some of Russia's biggest meat processing plants, was tied up and tortured 'for an hour'

Police retrieved a silver Citroen with a crossbow but the assailants made away by foot in the forest

The businessman was shot as his assailants sought to extract information from him, say reports

Two suspects were later detained.

The Russian Investigative Committee is leading a murder probe.

Marugov had been involved in a high profile property dispute with his ex-wife, poet Tatyana Marugova in the past year.

There were rumours of financial difficulties and debts.

The former couple's son Alexander, 25, was killed in a motorbike crash last year.

The committee said: 'Several masked men entered a stand-alone sauna building on the household's estate, tied up the owner and his partner, and demanded the transfer of funds.'

Marugov and his ex-wife's son Alexander (pictured) was killed in a motorbike crash last year

Rumours have persisted about financial difficulties and debts in Marugov's former marriage

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