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Russian liberal deputy shot dead

A veteran liberal member of Russia’s State Duma, or parliament, has been shot dead in a Moscow suburb. Sergey Yushenkov was shot several times in the chest in the latest political assassination to rock post-Soviet Russia. The BBC’s Russian affairs analyst Stephen Dalziel says such a high-profile killing stands out even in a country where murders of politicians and businessmen are relatively common. Police said the killer apparently used a gun with a silencer to shoot Yushenkov several times as he walked from his car to his apartment building. The gunman then fled the scene. Mr Yushenkov was one of the co-founders of a new political party, Liberal Russia. Another MP from the party, Vladimir Golovlev, was shot dead last August in a killing which Mr Yushenkov described as politically motivated. Full Story

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