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Russia: Moscow Blast Kills Businessman


Moscow, 17 January 1997 (RFE/RL) -- A powerful bomb blast in central Moscow today killed one person and injured at least one other.

The bomb, apparently detonated by remote control, exploded near a police stration and commercial offices on Mantulinskaya Street (Krasnopresnenskaya district). First reports suggested that the bomb was aimed at the police station. However later reports identify the person killed as a businessman, who was entering his office with his bodyguards when the bomb went off close by.

Reports identify the man as 35-year-old Gennady Dzhen, and they say that he was either an official or the head of a company called Roskontraktpostavka. He carried documents identifying himself as a part-time aide to Russian ultra-nationalist politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky. AP news agency reports Zhirinovsky's office later confirmed that Dzhen worked as a volunteer for the politician.

Unofficial reports identify the man as 35-year-old Gennady Dzhen, and they say that he was either an official or the head of a company called Roskontraktpostavka.

At least one of the bodygurads was injured. No motive for the bombing is known, but many businessmen and bankers have been the victims of bomb and shooting attacks in Moscow in recent years.
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