Experts making guesses over FSB officer's murder in Moscow

Robbery was an unlikely motive behind an attack on a Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) officer, Lidia Khamzina, who was killed in northwestern Moscow on Nov. 19, a source in law enforcement agencies told Interfax on Tuesday.

Khamzina, who worked at the Russian Federal Security Service's (FSB) branch for Moscow and the Moscow region, was found stabbed to death in the lobby of an apartment building in the northwest of Moscow on Monday.

Forensic experts have established that the woman died after sustaining a stab wound to the chest.

"A chain made from a precious metal and a bag containing the woman's FSB Id, two cell phones and other personal belongings were found at the site. It means that robbery was an unlikely motive," the source said.

The source, however, did not rule out that the mugger could have been scared away by other tenants, leaving the valuables behind.

Investigators are closely looking into a theory suggesting that Khamzina could have been killed in a row with another person, possible in retaliation for her work, he said.

Interfax has so far been unable to obtain official confirmation of the report.

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