Russian politician Boris Nemtsov shot and killed in Moscow
Russian opposition politician and state figure Boris Nemtsov, a deputy of a regional parliament, the Yaroslavl state duma, has been shot dead in downtown Moscow, TASS reported referring to law enforcement agencies.
"An unknown assailant shot dead Boris Nemtsov in the center of Moscow on St. Basil's Slope with four shots from a handgun. An investigative group is working at the site of the murder," a law enforcement spokesman said.
"Head of the Interior Ministry's Main Department in Moscow Anatoly Yakunin has left for the incident site. The incident has been reported to Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev," he said, adding that manhunt activities are underway.
RPR-PARNAS party member Ilya Yashin said that "unfortunately, it is true."
"I am standing on Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge and see his body," Yashin said by phone.
Nemtsov was a co-chair of RPR-PARNAS. He had held a number of government positions in the 1990s.