The president of a Russian commercial bank was shot in the head and critically wounded in what appeared to be the latest in a series of attempted contract killings, his colleagues said on Wednesday.
Mikhail Zhuravlyov of Mosstroibank was shot twice in the head in Moscow on Tuesday as he walked from his apartment to the nearby premises of the bank, said Nikolai Nikolayev, a Mosstroibank official."The attacker came alongside him and fired two shots, then ran off," Mr. Nikolayev told Reuters by telephone.
He said Mr. Zhuravlyov underwent an operation on Tuesday and was conscious. Doctors thought his condition might improve in the next two or three days, Mr. Nikolayev said.
Itar-Tass news agency quoted police sources as saying the incident, the latest in a string of attacks on bankers and businessmen in Russia, appeared to have been an attempt on his life carried out by a professional hit man.
In terms of assets, Mosstroibank is rated the 65th biggest bank in Russia.
The Association of Russian Banks said organized criminal groups are carrying out "hits" on bankers to seize control of the profitable banking sphere.
There were 30 attempts on the lives of bankers last year and 16 of them were killed, the association said.
Earlier this year, the president of a major bank operating in the oil industry was found with his throat cut at a country residence outside Moscow. In August, banker Ivan Kivelidi, chairman of the Russian Business Round Table of bankers and businessmen, was poisoned.