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Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov shot dead

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Baku, February 28, AZERTAC

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot to death Saturday while walking in central Moscow, Russian officials said.

The 55-year-old was walking with a woman near the Kremlin when multiple people exited a vehicle and shot him several times. The identity of the shooter or shooters was unknown.

The Russian Investigative Committee said Nemtsov was shot six or seven times.

Nemtsov was a former deputy prime minister under former President Boris Yeltsin and was a sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin. He was one of the organizers of an opposition rally planned for Sunday.

As governor of the city of Nizhny Novgorod, Nemtsov earned the reputation as an economic reformer.

Putin condemned the shooting, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

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