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Supplier of arms to Syria assassinated in Russian city

Special to WorldTribune.com

ANKARA — A Russian official assigned to supply military equipment to Syria has been assassinated according to media reports here.

The Turkish daily Hurriyet said Vyacheslav Trukhachev was shot dead in
the Russian city of Tula by an unknown assailant.

Hurriyet, regarded as close to the government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, identified
Trukhachev, deputy manager of the missile manufacturer KBP, as responsible
for most weapons exports to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

No claim of responsibility was issued for the killing of Trukhachev. But
Syrian rebels have warned over the past four months that Russia could be
targeted for its continued weapons shipments to Assad.

“Police have launched an investigation while his colleagues have called
the event unexpected and mysterious,” Hurriyet said on Nov. 22.

KBP, based in Tula, has been producing and exporting a range of air
defense systems. In October, air defense components flown in a Syrian Air
passenger jet was intercepted over Turkey and seized by authorities.

Hurriyet said the 58-year-old Trukhachev was killed on “one of the
biggest streets in Tula.” No additional details were reported.

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