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Ukraine: Head Of Crimean Privatization Fund Killed

Simferopol, 16 May 1997 (RFE/RL) - The head of the State Privatization Fund for Ukraine's Crimea peninsula was killed today outside his home.

A spokesman for the regional prosecutor's office said neighbours found Alexei Golovyzin outside his apartment with three gunshot wounds. Golovyzin died later in hospital.

The spokesman said that Golovyzin was shot at near-point blank range and that the murder appeared to be linked to his professional activities.

About a year ago Crimea was rocked by a series of killings that police believed to be carried out by organized crime groups seeking control over resorts on the peninsula's Black Sea shore.