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Boris Nemtsov, prominent Putin critic, is gunned down in Moscow
Boris Nemtsov, prominent Putin critic, is gunned down in Moscow

Boris Y. Nemtsov, one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's fiercest critics, was shot dead in the shadow of St. Basil's Cathedral near Red Square early Saturday on the eve of a massive opposition march to show defiance on  Kremlin aggression against Ukraine. Nemtsov was shot shortly after midnight as he walked with a Ukrainian woman south of Red Square, Russian officials and news agencies reported. Once seen as the inspiring hope for Russian democracy in the early years of the post-Soviet era, when he was a protege of President Boris Yeltsin, Nemtsov had been preparing to join the opposition rally Sunday against Putin, whose backing of separatists in eastern Ukraine has...

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