Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition leader and former deputy prime minister, has been shot dead in central Moscow, the Interior Ministry says.
Nemtsov, 55, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, had been due to take part in the first big opposition protest in months in the Russian capital tomorrow.
He was shot four times late on Friday night (local time), not far from the Kremlin in the centre of Moscow. Police cars blocked the street where he was shot. An ambulance was also nearby.
“Nemtsov BE died at 2340 hours as a result of four shots in the back,” an Interior Ministry spokeswoman said by telephone.
I have a general rule of thumb – any death or arrest of an opposition leader is usually linked to the person they are opposing.