Russia’s “Sausage King” has been shot with a crossbow and tortured to death while relaxing in a sauna with his girlfriend.
Meat tycoon Vladimir Marugov, 54, and Sabina Gaziyeva, 36, were tied up by raiders demanding money before Sabina escaped through a window.
The owner of the “Ozyorsky sausages” and “Meat Empire” factories was tortured “for an hour” before dying on his family estate 25 miles west of Moscow on Monday.
His assailants reportedly sought to extract information from him before police found him dead at the scene from blood loss, with visible wounds on his back and shoulder.
Police retrieved a silver Citroen with a crossbow but the assailants made away by foot in the forest.
The Investigative Committee said the intruders had demanded that Marugov hand over cash kept at his home.
The getaway car was found in a village in the suburbs of Istra, a town west of Moscow where affluent Russians have country homes known as dachas and like to spend the weekends.
Two suspects were later detained and the Russian Investigative Committee is leading a murder probe.
Marugov had been involved in a high profile property dispute with his ex-wife, poet Tatyana Marugova in the past year.
There were rumours of financial difficulties and debts.
The former couple’s son Alexander, 25, was killed in a motorbike crash last year.
The committee said: “Several masked men entered a stand-alone sauna building on the household’s estate, tied up the owner and his partner, and demanded the transfer of funds.”