Russian scientist working on COVID-19 vaccine plummets to death in St. Petersburg

By Jorge Fitz-Gibbon – December 20, 2020 – NY Post

A prominent Russian scientist who was working on a COVID-19 vaccine was found dead with a stab wound after plummeting out his window in St. Petersburg, according to news reports.

Alexander “Sasha” Kagansky, 45, was in his underwear when he fell to his death from his 14th-floor apartment, according to the Russian newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets.

The scientist also suffered a stab wound, police said.

Police believe there was a scuffle before Kagansky fell from the building, reports said.

Russian police say they are investigating Kagansky’s death as a possible homicide and questioning a 45-year-old man as a potential suspect, said.

Kagansky, best known for his work on cancer research, was an assistant professor in Vladivostok and had spent 13 years working in Edinburgh, Scotland, until 2017, the outlet said.

He was most recently working as director of the Center for Genomic and Regenerative Medicine at Russia’s Far Eastern Federal University.

He had been working on developing a vaccine against the coronavirus, e2news said.

Kagansky’s body was found by a neighbor on Zamshin Street, the report said.


  1. These articles need to be longer, lol. So this time the victim made himself change down to his undies, stab himself and then tried to fly? Also, why was a cancer doctor working on a virus vaccine when Russia already has 2? Just another day in Putintopia I guess…

  2. ‘Alexander “Sasha” Kagansky, 45, was in his underwear when he fell to his death from his 14th-floor apartment. The scientist also suffered a stab wound, police said.’

    Olympic medal awarded.

  3. This is from the Moscow Times. Quite easy to join the dots. FSB to Kagansky, steal data from the covid vaccine research in Scotland. Kagansky to FSB. I’m a scientist, not a thief. End result, Kagansky stabs himself in the back, and throws himself out of a window.

    “ added that the 45-year-old suspect, who was due to be released Monday after 48 hours spent under arrest, is expected to take a lie detector test. The Nevskiye Novosti news website identified Kagansky’s old classmate as former Nezavisimaya Gazeta newspaper employee Igor Ivanov.

    The outlet also reported that Kagansky, whose affiliations included the Maryland-based National Cancer Institute and the University of Edinburgh, was recently working on a Covid-19 vaccine in Scotland.”

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