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Scientist Working On Covid-19 Vaccine Dead

December 21,2020



A top Russian scientist with close links to Edinburgh University who was ‘working on a Covid-19 vaccine’ has been found dead in suspicious circumstances in St Petersburg.

Biologist Alexander ‘Sasha’ Kagansky, 45, best known for his work on fighting cancer, was reported to have fallen in his underwear from a 14th floor window of a high rise residential building.

He also had a stab wound on his body, according to Moskovsky Komsomolets (MK).

The news comes as seven Russian coronavirus patients plunged to their deaths from hospital windows earlier this year.

Biologist Alexander ‘Sasha’ Kagansky, 45, best known for his work on fighting cancer, was reported to have fallen in his underwear from a 14th floor window of a high rise residential building +10 Biologist Alexander ‘Sasha’ Kagansky, 45, best known for his work on fighting cancer, was reported to have fallen in his underwear from a 14th floor window of a high rise residential building

The Russian Investigative Committee has opened a murder probe into the death of Dr Kaganksy and a 45-year-old male suspect has been detained.

Dr Kagansky – an assistant professor in Vladivostok – had been working in Edinburgh for 13 years until at least 2017.

He was lately Director of the Centre for Genomic and Regenerative Medicine at Russia’s Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok, where he continued research collaboration with the Scottish university.

MK reported that the academic had been ‘developing a vaccine against coronavirus’ and that he died ‘under strange circumstances’.

The report gave no further details about which of a number of international Covid-19 vaccines he was supposed to have been working on.

He had gone to St Petersburg to visit the graves of his relatives, and had gone to see an old school friend named Igor Ivanov, said one account.

Police believe there was a ‘scuffle’ before Kagansky fell, according to a report.

Dr Kaganksy’s murder brings the number of coronavirus-linked window falls in Russia to eight, all but one of them fatal +10 Dr Kaganksy’s murder brings the number of coronavirus-linked window falls in Russia to eight, all but one of them fatal

His body was found by a woman resident under a block on Zamshin Street in Russia’s second city in early afternoon yesterday (SAT). Law enforcement are investigating the circumstances of his death, say reports.

The committee said today a St Petersburg resident, aged 45, had been detained as a suspect, and a criminal case for murder had been opened following the discovery of the body ‘with signs of a violent death’.

Between 2005 and 2012, he worked at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh, as a postdoctoral research associate then a senior research associate.

He had recently received a Russian grant to study new ways of diagnosing and treating malignant brain tumours.


He was an advocate of research into the uses of herbs and mushrooms as potentially offering solutions in treating cancers. Earlier he had studied and worked in the US. In 1991 as the USSR collapsed he was the first Russian delegate to the European Youth Parliament. He was also a member of Young Academy of Scotland. Dr Kaganksy’s murder brings the number of coronavirus-linked window falls in Russia to eight, all but one of them fatal. Nadezhda Salkova, age 74, fell in June from a fourth floor window of Semashko Hospital in Moscow where she was undergoing treatment for coronavirus. She had been alone in a hospital room where she had been undergoing treatment for nearly three weeks, and the circumstances of her 40ft fall are under investigation by police. Family members of other victims have suggested coronavirus sufferers are experiencing suicidal thoughts from drugs used to treat them, causing them to try and kill themselves. Relatives say Mrs Shcherbakova – a police forensic officer who fell sick at work – was not suicidal and suspect an antibiotic she was given is to blame Ten days earlier, a 68-year-old man suffering from Covid-19 plunged to his death from a window in the intensive care ward of Veterans’ Hospital in Yaroslavl. It has also emerged that a man, 49, with confirmed coronavirus fell 60ft from the window of a Moscow perinatal hospital which was reassigned to treat pandemic victims.

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