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14 June


World-renowned biologist Alexander Kagansky killed in St. Petersburg

On suspicion of murder, investigators have already detained a 42-year-old local resident

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/NOVOSTIVL/ Investigators, together with police officers from St. Petersburg, detained a man suspected of killing biologist Alexander Kagansky in the Kalinin district of the city.

As reported on Sunday in the Main Investigation Department of the RF IC for the city, "a 45-year-old local resident suspected of murder has been detained in St. Petersburg." "Investigative bodies of the Investigative Committee of Russia in St. Petersburg have opened a criminal case on the grounds of a crime under Part 1 of Art. 105 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (murder)," the ministry said in a statement. The question of choosing a preventive measure for the suspect and bringing charges against him is being resolved.

The name of the deceased was not specified in the Main Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee for the region.

As a source in the emergency services explained to TASS, the killed was Alexander Kagansky. According to preliminary data, he was a biologist. In recent months, Kagansky also worked in Edinburgh on a vaccine against coronavirus infection

According to the investigation, on Saturday, the body of a man born in 1975 with signs of a violent death was found near one of the houses on Zamshin Street.

Alexander Kagansky is one of the most famous specialists in the field of epigenetics in Russia and the world (a branch of molecular biology that studies the effect of external factors on gene activity). In 1998, he received a master's degree in biophysics from Peter the Great St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University (SPbPU). Kagansky is a fellow of the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, a member of the Global Young Academy of Scotland. In 2004 he received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the US National Institutes of Health. In 2017, the scientist headed the Center for Genomic and Regenerative Medicine at the School of Biomedicine of the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU).