Russian virologist Andrey Botikov, one of the 18 scientists who developed the Sputnik V COVID-19 shot, was found dead in his Moscow apartment, according to local reports.
Botikov reportedly died after an altercation with an intruder.
It’s believed the suspect strangled Botikov with a belt during a disagreement.
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Andrey Botikov, one of 18 scientists who developed the Sputnik V vaccine at the Gamaleya National Research Center, was identified as the man who had been discovered strangled in his Rogova Street home on March 2, Regnum reported, citing official sources. It previously reported that he had survived the attack.
The Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR) has now opened a murder investigation, believing that a 29-year-old man strangled the scientist with a belt during a disagreement before fleeing the scene.
While official accounts point towards a burglary gone wrong, the 47-year-old’s death comes amid a string of members of the Russian elite being found dead in mysterious circumstances over the past year, including scientists and businessmen.
In a statement, the ICR’s Moscow division didn’t name Botikov, but said investigators had identified and located the assailant “in the shortest possible time.”
“During the interrogation, he admitted his guilt, he was charged,” it added. “Previously, the defendant was prosecuted for committing a serious crime.” The ICR said the criminal investigation was ongoing.
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Daily Mail added:
Russian media reported that the suspect, known as Alexei Z, had spent 10 years in prison on charges of providing sex services.
Andrey Botikov was a senior researcher at the National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology.
He had previously worked at the Russian State Collection of Viruses D.I. Ivanovsky Institute of Virology as a senior scientist.
He was awarded an Order of Merit for the Fatherland for his work on the Sputnik V vaccine.
Sputnik was the first registered combination vector vaccine against Covid-19.
Critics suggested the vaccine was approved without robust research into its safety and efficacy.
A 2021 article in The Lancet nonetheless claimed the vaccine ‘appeared safe and effective’.
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