A Russian millionaire and politician has confessed to shooting a man he says he mistook for a bear.

A Russian millionaire and politician has confessed to shooting a man he says he mistook for a bear.

Igor Redkin was served a two-month house arrest sentence as an interim restrictive measure for accidentally shooting the man outside a dump near the village of Ozernovsky, in the Ust-Bolsheretsky district, according to state-owned news agency RIA.

The shooting itself took place on August 2, and the man later died in hospital.

Redkin is a member of the ruling United Russia, of which President Vladimir Putin is the de facto leader.

It took the wealthy politician four days to confess to the crime, after it was reported by the regional chief executive officer of the Investigative Committee on August 6.

Speaking on August 10, Redkin told officials he was shooting at the dump in an attempt to scare off a bear but hit a man instead.

The shooting was one of two disastrous incidents connected to Redkin to take place in recent days.

On Thursday, a helicopter owned by his private company crashed into a lake in the Kamchatka peninsula in far eastern Russia, leaving eight passengers feared dead, RIA reports.

One of the wealthiest deputies in Kamchatka, Redkin owns a fleet of helicopters through the company, Vityaz-Aero.

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