I would say it is pretty tough to speculate on the whys regarding a big Russian spammer being found murdered in his apartment, and frankly, I don’t want to bother speculating. That is left up to the news.
But Vardan Kushnir, head of the Center for American English, the New York English Centre and the Centre for Spoken English, was spamming for business. And spamming is not considered illegal in Russia. Which makes Mr. Kushnir’s untimely death, if done in retaliation for his work, all the more a shame.