No foul play in death of State Duma lawmaker

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MOSCOW, July 29 (Itar-Tass) — Experts have not found any hallmarks of crime in the death of State Duma lawmaker Viktor Ilyukhin (Communist faction), an official at the Investigative Committee department for the Moscow region, which conducted a pre-investigation check, told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

Viktor Ilyukhin was found dead at his dacha in Moscow’s Ramensky district on March 19. A pre-investigation check was launched then. Ilyukhin’s colleagues doubted the cause of death and demanded a thorough investigation.

“According to a forensic examination, he died of acute myocardial infarction. The check found no evidence of violent death, so the investigator decided not to initiate criminal proceedings due to the absence of the event of crime,” the SK said.

Ilyukhin, 62, worked at a prosecutor’s office from 1975. He worked his way through from an investigator at a district prosecutor’s office in the Penza region to deputy head of the main investigation department of the USSR Prosecutor General’s Office. He was senior aide to the USSR prosecutor general from 1989. On November 4, 1991, he opened a criminal case against USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev and two days later he was relieved of his duties. He landed a job of observer at the newspaper “Pravda.” In December 1993, he won a seat in the 1st Duma and has been a lawmaker since.

In the incumbent Duma, he was a deputy chairman of the committee on security. In 1998, Ilyukhin led an opposition movement in support of the army, defense sector and military research.

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