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Body of Russian Politician Discovered in Barrel of Cement

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- The badly-beaten body of a Russian politician was found in a barrel full of cement, in what investigators said they believe was a murder ordered over an $80 million debt.

Mikhail Pakhomov was a city council member in Lipetsk, a city about five hours south of Moscow. He had been missing since February 12, when authorities believe he was kidnapped.

“The nature of the injuries permits the conclusion that he was murdered,” Russia’s investigative committee told the Interfax news agency on Monday.

The barrel was reportedly discovered in a garage on Sunday night. Police did not say who owned the property.

According to RIA Novosti, authorities have detained eight people suspected of being involved.

The alleged mastermind is reportedly Yevgeny Kharitonov, a former Moscow regional official, to whom Pakhomov is believed to have owed money. The Moscow Times reports Kharitonov was arrested as he boarded a domestic flight at a Moscow airport.

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Man Points Gun at Bulgarian Politician’s Head During Speech

Youtube(SOFIA, Bulgaria) -- A gunman burst onto the stage and pointed a gas pistol at a Bulgarian politician during a televised speech at a party caucus on Saturday.

Ahmed Dogan, 58, who is the leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms party, struck the attacker before he was able to fire any shots.

A gas pistol is a non-lethal weapon used for self-defense, however when fired at close-range, it can cause life-threatening injuries.

Video of the skirmish shows other delegates wrestling the gunman to the ground, and then kicking and beating him.

The suspect was identified by police as 25-year-old Oktai Enimehmedov, who is an ethnic Turk, according to the BBC.

He was arrested and taken to a local hospital, but it was not known what injuries he may have sustained in the scuffle.

The MRF party represents mostly ethnic Turks and Muslims in Bulgaria, however it was unclear what the gunman’s motive was for the attack.

The attack was the worst on a Bulgarian politician since the 1996 slaying of ex-prime minister Andrei Lukanov.

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