Leading Russian opposition politician shot dead

Leading Russian opposition politician shot dead

Leading Russian opposition politician shot dead

Written by Staff Writer

28 Feb, 2015 | 7:29 am

Russian officials say that a leading Russian opposition politician, former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, has been shot dead in Moscow.

Police say that an unidentified attacker in a car shot Mr Nemtsov four times in the back as he crossed a bridge in view of the Kremlin.

He died hours after appealing for support for a march on Sunday in Moscow against the war in Ukraine.

The Kremlin says that Russian President Vladimir Putin has condemned the murder.

In a recent interview, Mr Nemtsov had said he feared Mr Putin would have him killed because of his opposition to the war in Ukraine.

Mr Nemtsov, 55, served as first deputy prime minister under President Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s.

He had earned a reputation as an economic reformer while governor of one of Russia’s biggest cities, Nizhny Novgorod.

Source: BBC

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