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First political murder of the year in Odessa?

January 6, 2011

Well dear readers, over the last few years there have been relatively few murders that could be associated with politics in Odessa.  I can recall only 2 successful ones and 3 attempts in the past couple of years.

However, it seems that 2011 has started with yet another.

“Large businessman Oleksandr Korobchinskyi, the leader of the Party of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Ukraine, has been murdered in Odesa.

Ukrainian News learned this from a statement by the PR department of the Odesa regional office of the Ministry of Interior Affairs.

According to the statement, that police received a report at 19:00 that shots were heard near the Opera Theatre.

Patrol police found a man with several wounds in Chaikovskoho Lane.

Police established that the man was Oleksandr Korobchinskyi.

Police also found four cases of 9 mm.

The leader of the party was immediately brought to the Into-sana ambulance hospital where he died during surgery operation.

Police have established a criminal case under part 1 of article 115 of the Criminal Code.

A representative of the regional office of the Ministry of Interior Affairs told Ukrainian News that Oleksandr Korobchinskyi was shot when he was getting out of his car together with his wife. Oleksandr Korobchinskyi was 41.

He was a deputy of the Odesa city council from 2002 through 2010.

He was the president of the Intobud industrial and construction group since 2003. He was the leader of the Party of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Ukraine since 2009.

In the mayoral elections in Odesa he came third with 2.6% of the vote.

Oleksandr Korobchinskyi has four children.”

Is it the first political murder of the year in Ukraine or the ultimate settlement of a business feud as is so often the cause of a violent demise?

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2 comments

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  2. […] exploding lifts, exploding cars or shootings are business dispute related.  You will recall that on January 6th I asked if Odessa had managed the feat of the first business/politics assassination of the […]



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