Andrey Botikov, who was known as one of the 18 scientists who worked on the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in 2020, was found strangled to death with a belt in northwest Moscow.
An intruder broke into Botikov’s home to rob the scientist and the initial report claims that things escalated to the point were the home invader strangled the victim with his own belt.
29-year-old Alexei Z was arrested with detectives suspecting the individual of being the home invader and is charged for the murder of the doctor.
The Investigative Committee of Russia claims that the suspect confessed to the crime during an interrogation.
Z had previously spent 10 years behind bars for providing sex services in Russia.
Botikov, a senior researcher at the National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology, was awarded Order of Merit for the Fatherland for his work on the Sputnik V vaccine in 2021. It was the first registered combination vector vaccine designed against the COVID-19 virus that caused a world wide pandemic for nearly three years.
Russia had many of their own critics of vaccines against the virus, much like here in the states – but a study published in The Lancet claimed that the Sputnik vaccine “appeared safe and effective.”
Russia suffered the tenth highest number of COVID cases in the world with over 21 million confirmed cases. Analysis of excess deaths from official government demographic statistics, based on births and deaths and excluding migration, showed that Russia had its biggest ever annual population drop during peacetime, with the population declining by 997,000 between October 2020 and September 2021.
The actual number of COVID related deaths in Russia are highly debated as they’ve ranged anywhere from 388,000 to 820,000 depending on whose report you trust.
Worldwide there have been an estimated 675 million known cases of the coronavirus with over 6.8 million deaths linked to the virus itself.