The bodies of seven businessmen have been found in a car on a remote road in Siberia after they were apparently murdered, Russian officials said on Thursday.
The Interfax news agency said the seven local businessmen were found on a road 120 kilometres (75 miles) from the town of Zakamensk, close to the border with Mongolia, in the Siberian region of Buryatia.
"The bodies had signs of a violent death," it quoted an official as saying.
A spokeswoman for the investigative committee of prosecutors in Buryatia confirmed to AFP by telephone from the regional capital Ulan Ude that the bodies of seven murdered people had been discovered.
All further details would be disclosed in a news conference at 0700 GMT (1230 IST), she added.
Russia is notorious for murders in the business world which are often linked to criminal or mafia score settling even if the frequency of such events has slackened somewhat compared to the chaos of the 1990s.