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US-sanctioned Russian millionaire found dead in his office

Anton Cherepennikov (Юлия Остроухова/WikiCommons)

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

Millionaire Russian businessman Anton Cherepennikov, 40, founder of the ICS Holding technology conglomerate and who was subject to U.S. sanctions, was found dead in his Moscow office, Russian media reported on July 22, in the latest mysterious death of a prominent individual.

The preliminary cause of death was listed as cardiac arrest. Cherepennikov in February was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury for being “the ultimate beneficial owner and head of Citadel,” which U.S. authorities said developed software designed to steal financial and personal information from computer networks.

Reports also linked ICS Holding To Russian security services.