COVID19Up: Andrey Botikov, one of the scientists who helped to create the Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V, was “strangled to death” with a belt at his apartment and police have arrested a suspect in connection with the murder, according to a Russian media report on Saturday (March 4).
Botikov, 47, who worked as a senior researcher at the Gamaleya National Research Center for Ecology and Mathematics, was found dead in his apartment on Thursday (March 2).
Putin honored the virologist with the Order of Merit for the Fatherland award for his work on the COVID-19 vaccine in 2021. Botikov was one of 18 scientists who developed the Sputnik V vaccine in 2020, according to reports.
His death is being investigated as a murder.