Blood In The Suites: The Russian Hotel Wars

Westerners, city governments, and mobsters fight for control

When Yevgeny Tsimbalitov failed to emerge from his Moscow apartment building on the morning of Jan. 9, his driver was worried. Entering the lobby, he noticed a trail of blood leading down a basement stairwell. At the bottom lay the bullet-riddled body of Tsimbalitov, 48, director of the Rossiya Hotel overlooking Red Square. Tsimbalitov's death marked the fourth slaying of a Moscow hotel executive--including one American--in less than 18 months. None of the murders has been solved.

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