Andrey Botikov, 47, worked at the Gamaleya National Research Centre for Ecology and Mathematics as a senior researcher. On Thursday, he was discovered dead in his apartment.
The Russian authorities have launched an investigation into the death of a top scientist who worked on the development of Sputnik V coronavirus vaccines in his Moscow apartment on Friday.
Andrey Botikov, a 47-year-old virologist, was one of 18 scientists who worked on the Sputnik V vaccine at the Gamaleya National Research Center, which was released in 2020. According to local news reports, he was strangled by a belt at his Rogova Street home on March 2.
It was previously assumed that he had survived the attack after an intruder broke into his home. However, the Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR) has now opened a probe into the matter and have zeroed in on a 29-year-old man who is alleged to have killed the scientist with the belt over a disagreement.
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ICR’s Moscow division in a statement released informed that a criminal investigation was ongoing and that the assailant was nabbed “in the shortest possible time”.
“He admitted his guilt during the interrogation and was charged. Previously, the defendant was charged with a serious crime “Take a look at the statement.
According to Russian media, the suspect’s name is Alexei Z, and he previously served a ten-year prison sentence for providing sex services.
Botikov was a well-known scientist in Russia, having received the Order of Merit for the Fatherland for his work on the vaccine. Botikov was a senior scientist at the Russian State Collection of Viruses D.I. Ivanovsky Institute of Virology prior to his work on the Sputnik V vaccine.