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Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov killed - February 27, 2015

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Boris Nemtsov, a leading Russian opposition figure and a fierce Putin critic, was shot and killed in Moscow on February 27. Nemtsov, 55, had served as a deputy prime minister under President Boris Yeltsin, and was once considered to be a rising star in Russian politics. An unidentified gunman in a car shot him four times in the back as he and his girlfriend crossed a bridge near the Kremlin. Hours before he was killed, Nemtsov had appealed for support for a march in Moscow against the Ukraine conflict. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin condemned the murder. US President Barack Obama called on the Russian government to carry out a “prompt, impartial and transparent investigation”. In an interview, Nemtsov had expressed fear that Putin would have him killed because he was opposed to the war in Ukraine. The office of the French president, François Hollande, described the murder as an assassination, and said the Russian opposition leader was a “courageous and tireless defender of democracy”. Though two men were arrested in connection with the murder, no real breakthrough in the investigation has been made. Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31669061 Boris Nemtsov, Putin, deputy prime minister, President Boris Yeltsin, Russian politics, Kremlin