MOSCOW – Businessman Vladimir Marugov – also known as the Moscow King of Sausages and who famously called one of his factories the “Meat Empire” – was naked in a sauna on Sunday night when he and his mistress were attacked by two masked assailants. money, then tied Marugov and his partner before murdering the businessman with a crossbow. His lover later managed to escape from the crime scene and alert the authorities to the murder in a bloody mine. Before his grim demise, the multimillionaire Marugov had dreams of building his family business in the traditional sausage empire, in the way of the most respected German or Austrian sausage company, so it could pass first to his son and then to his grandchildren. The idea of succession was deeply rooted in his mind; Marugov shared this dream in every conversation he gave. But the dream fell apart. A few years ago, he left his wife for a younger woman – the same mistress who ended up in a sauna attack. Then his eldest son died in a car accident last year. And on Sunday, Marugov’s own life ended in the most dramatic way. The merchant had enemies in the immediate area and waged a fierce war with his family over the property. Like many men in the Russian elite, Marugov lived a double life – one with his good-looking wife, the poet Tatiana Marugova, and their son; and others with his business partner, 36-year-old Sabina Gaziyeva, a long-haired brunette (as well as his wife). When Marugov divorced Tatiana, he first behaved with dignity: the oligarch left his wife and son, the future heir to his wealth, a spacious apartment, a villa, and his beloved sausage factory. But later Marugov changed his mind and demanded all his property back. Russia – where even the president divorced his first wife and is called a mysterious private life, including several children of Olympic champion Alina Kabayeva – loves gossip about rich family dramas. A few years ago, the whole country discussed the disgusting details of the Marugov personal scandals. His ex-wife, Poet Tatiana, published texts full of pain and despair, then appeared in Jerry Springer-style gossip and said, “I found out that he had a lover in his bed half his life; that my husband had bought her apartments and vehicles.” The biggest blow, Tatiana said, was that Marugov stopped communicating with his 23-year-old son Alexander after having two children with his new partner and devoted his entire life to a new family, she blamed. “I received a death threat from him, believe me he won’t stop until he crushes me.” The war over the Meat Empire and other family property continued for five years, followed by another tragedy: Marugov’s son Alexander crashed his motorcycle in July last year and died. Marugov was the second Russian businessman to be murdered in his sauna in recent weeks, and at the end of October, authoritarian Alexander Petrov was murdered in a sauna in Vyborg near the Finnish border. intelligence agent Gennady Gudkov told The Daily Beast that the latest killings should be a wake-up call for the entire Russian elite to return to their security situation. “If I were a Russian oligarch today, I would pay attention to both the murder of Marugov, which was skillfully carried out by a crossbowman, and another recent assassination of businessman Alexander Petrov – he was killed when he left his sauna.” a place where one is so vulnerable, “said Gudkov. Police detained two men in connection with Marugov’s murder on Monday night. One of them allegedly bought a crossbow. Police allegedly found a pensioner strapped to a bed in one of the suspected houses. The prisoner claims that he was blackmailed by the kidnappers. It is not yet clear who ordered the murder, but Gudkov, a longtime manager of a security company, suspects it was an organized intervention. “I once managed to prevent contract killings: a woman ordered the murder of her husband as revenge after raising rents for her business; later she confessed to her her real intentions,” said Gudkov, who has experience investigating crimes in Russia. sure investigators suspect Marugov’s immediate family members. ” [or] friends as some of the main suspects. “Thousands of Russians have lost their jobs in recent months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and crime is rising in many regions. Russia’s Interior Ministry said the number of computer crimes and financial fraud increased by 91 percent between January and June. “In April, we were concerned that unemployed people would form criminal gangs,” Moscow businessman Vasily Zubakin told The Daily Beast. But he said targeting rich individuals is nothing new. “In general, criminals robbed summer cottages here and tortured private owners at a time of high oil prices and low oil prices, both before and during the virus.” Read more in The Daily Beast. Get our main stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now! Beast Daily Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper into the stories you care about. Find out more.