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U.S. Businessman Dies in Moscow

November 04, 1996|Times Staff and Wire Reports

A U.S. businessman involved in a long dispute over control of one of Moscow's best-known hotels was shot to death by an unknown gunman. Paul Tatum, 39, was killed by a single assailant who fired his submachine gun at the businessman near the entrance to the Kievsky metro station in downtown Moscow, a police spokesman said. The station is located just near the Radisson-Slavyanskaya Hotel where Tatum had his office. Hotel representatives refused to answer questions Sunday, and phone calls to hotel management in the United States went unanswered. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow had no immediate comment, apart from saying, "We deplore the murder of any U.S. citizen."

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