Russian railway worker found shot dead on his balcony

A top executive at a company allegedly transporting Russian military equipment for the war in Ukraine has been found dead.

Pavel Pchelnikov, 52, was communications director at Digital Logistics, a subsidiary of Russian Railways.

His body was found on the balcony of his apartment in central Moscow at 6.30am local time on Wednesday, according to the local newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets reported.

Police are investigating the death with Russian media reporting that the nature of his injuries suggests he committed suicide, without providing further details.

But the Top Cargo 200 website, which uses open-source information to track and publicize the deaths of senior Russian officers in its war in Ukraine, said Pchelnikov was killed by gunshot.

Top Cargo 200 said that Digital Logistics was reportedly accused of failing to protect Russia’s railway network infrastructure from hackers from Ukraine, causing delays in critical shipments to Russian troops.

news week has contacted the Russian Ministry of Defense and Russian Railways.

This is an evolving story and will be updated.

Russian police car
This illustrative image from 2018 shows a police car in Moscow. Police are investigating the death of Pavel Pchelnikov, 52, who was a director of a subsidiary of Russian Railways.
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