PHOTOS=> Putin Opponent Boris Nemtsov Assassinated in Moscow

Boris Nemtsov
2003 photo via Wikipedia

Boris Nemtsov, a prominent opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin was gunned down Friday night while walking near the Kremlin, according to news reports.
putin opponent

Nemtsov was a former high-ranking Russian government official in the 1990s under Boris Yeltsin.

The BBC relayed reports from Russian news agencies Interfax and Meduza:

“An unidentified attacker shot Mr Nemtsov four times in central Moscow, a source in the law enforcement bodies told Russia’s Interfax news agency.

“He was shot near the Kremlin while walking with a woman, according to Russian-language news website Meduza.

“”Several people” had got out of a car and shot him, it added.”

Interfax is posting updates:

“01:11 AT LEAST SEVEN SHOTS FIRED AT BORIS NEMTSOV FROM CAR PASSING BY – RUSSIAN INVESTIGATIVE COMMITTEE SPOKESMAN MARKIN”

“01:12 INVESTIGATORS QUESTIONING WITNESSES TO NEMTSOV’S MURDER, CAREFULLY EXAMINING CRIME SCENE – INVESTIGATIVE COMMITTEE SPOKESMAN MARKIN”

“01:13 NEMTSOV’S DEATH APPEARS TO BE CONTRACT KILLING – SOURCE”

“1:15 CRIMINAL CASE OPENED INTO BORIS NEMTSOV’S KILLING – RUSSIAN INVESTIGATIVE COMMITTEE SPOKESMAN MARKIN”

“01:22 BORIS NEMTSOV’S KILLING COULD BE ACT OF PROVOCATION, COMMITTED IN THE RUN-UP TO OPPOSITION MARCH SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 1 – SOURCE”

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