A “sausage king” meat magnate has died after being shot with a crossbow before he was tied up and tortured as he bathed in a sauna.
Vladimir Marugov, 54, was with a woman who has been named as his 36-year-old girlfriend Sabina Gaziyeva, when he was attacked on a family estate 25 miles west of Moscow.
Sabina raised the alarm after escaping through a window and calling police from a neighbouring house.
Reports claim the sausage tsar, who owned some of Russia’s biggest meat processing plants, was tied up and tortured “for an hour” after being shot as his assailants sought to extract information from him.
When police arrived at the scene he had died from blood loss, with visible wounds on his back and shoulder.
Officers retrieved a silver Citroen with a crossbow.
His killers fled on foot in the forest and two suspects were later detained.
The Russian Investigative Committee is leading a murder probe.
Marugov had been involved in a high profile property dispute and there were rumours of financial difficulties and debts.
He was nicknamed “the sausage king” for his career in the meat-producing industry and ownership of some of the country’s largest meat processing plants.
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.”