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ST PETERSBURG, January 04, /ITAR-TASS/. Petersburg investigators have launched a probe into the suicide of retired Vice-Admiral Yuri Ustimenko, a representative of the regional department of the Investigative Committee (SK) told Itar-Tass.
A police source earlier told Tass that the vice-admiral had shot himself with his honorary weapon. "Suicide is the main version," the source said. Media reports said Ustimenko had been suffering from a serious illness recently.
Yuri Ustimenko was born in the village of Vladimir, Primorye Territory, on May 19, 1944. He was appointed first deputy commander of the North Fleet in 1992, and in 1995, he was transferred to Petersburg to work as head of high special classes for Navy students. Ustimenko participated in a number of local wars and conflicts. He held the academic ranks of doctor and professor. He was also a holder of two USSR distinctions: USSR honorary radio operator and honorary worker of USSR maritime fleet.