- M, 37
- Federal District Plus
- Street, Town, Region
- Mytyshchi, Moscow Region
- Moscow, Delovaya Moskva
- Other Ties
- Cause of Death
- murder, beaten
- Legal Qualification
- 105.1 (murder) with 64 (Imposition of nmore lenient punishment)
- trial, conviction, 11 October 2006
Vyacheslav Akatov, "Delovaya Moskva" special reporter, has been killed in the Moscow satellite town of Mytishchi. The exact date of the tragedy is still unknown. His body with a fatal skull injury was found in the apartment he rented in Mytishchi on 28 May.
Forensic medics say Mr. Akatov, 37, had been dead for at least five days. The police are looking into several interpretations, ranging from “accidental death resulting from a private conflict”. Colleagues do not think it was a murder linked with the victim’s professional activities because Mr. Akatov had not conducted any independent investigations.
The TVC channel’s website says the journalist was reported missing since 22 May when he left his office at the end of the working day with a bunch of video cassettes in his bag. He was seen for the last time that day near the Alexeyevskaya and VDNKh metro stations at about 8 pm. Akatov was due to travel to Belarus the following day to shoot a TV report there.
Mr. Akatov moved to Moscow from Vologda and is likely to be buried in his home town. The TVC daily program "Delovaya Moskva", which features the Russian capital’s business news, has won several prestigious awards.
[Radio Moscow Echo report, 29 May]