Investigative Committee investigates suicide of witness in Bulgaria riverboat case

12:07 24/08/2011

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, August 24 - RAPSI. Investigators are looking into the possible suicide of Alexander Khramov, 59, a deputy department head of the State Sea and River Supervision Authoritys Volga Division, who was involved in the Bulgaria riverboat tragedy as a witness, the Investigative Committees Nizhny Novgorod Department reports.

Khramovs body was found on Monday night in the bushes near Fedorovsky Embankment in downtown Nizhny Novgorod. Investigators have pointed to suicide as their main lead.

Their investigation of the death will reportedly last for 10 days.

The Bulgaria, a double-decked riverboat built in Czechoslovakia in 1955, sank on July 10 on the Volga River. According to the Investigative Committee, the ship was carrying 201 passengers, of whom 122 died and 79 were rescued.

Investigative Committee spokesperson Vladimir Markin confirmed earlier to RIA Novosti that the deceased official was investigated in the Bulgaria case.

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