Russian authorities are investigating the suspicious prison death of a former top space agency official charged with embezzlement.

Vladimir Evdokimov, a former top director at Russia’s national space agency Roscosmos, was found dead with stab wounds to the heart and neck in the bathroom of his prison cell last week.

Russian media reports that one of the inmates found Evdokimov covered in blood in the cell’s toilet, the door of which was locked from the inside.

Evdokimov was moved from a cell with 6 other prisoners to one with 11 and no CCTV surveillance in February.

His cellmates have since been separated into solitary cells for the length of the investigation.

“The prisoners were separated into other cells so that they could not have the opportunity to talk amongst each other,” Ivan Melnikov, a member of Russia’s Central Control Commission told RBC TV.

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