The Communist Party leader in Transnistria, a breakaway area of Moldova with close ties to Russia, has been discovered dead at his house by his wife. Oleg Khorzhan, 47, was discovered with reports that he had been stabbed or shot.
Transnistria is a self-governing state patrolled by 1,500 Russian army “peacekeepers,” and it is frequently perceived as being influenced by Russian interests.
Khorzhan, a well-known “Moscow proxy,” returned to politics with Moscow’s support after serving a four-year prison sentence for violence against a government official. He was let out of prison eight months ago.
Khorzhan regularly claimed that the region’s survival largely relied on Russia’s support and help.
Gennady Zyuganov, the head of the Russian Communist Party, demanded an immediate and in-depth investigation into the circumstances leading up to Oleg Khorzhan’s apparent murder.
“Oleg Khorzhan has died… killed at his home,” declared Zyuganov. “We demand that an investigation start right away.”
According to the Pridnestrovskiy Lesnik Telegram channel, Khorzhan’s wife found his dead body in one of their home’s rooms, close to an unlocked safe.
The post added: “The safe was empty. Did they open the safe to make it look like the murder was committed for the sake of robbery? That would be absurd.”
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