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Man held over Moscow murder

Russian police have arrested a man over the murder of leading member of parliament Sergey Yushenkov. Mr Yushenkov was gunned down in broad daylight near his home on the outskirts of Moscow last Thursday in an apparent contract killing. The man being held is being described as a 20-year-old who may have blamed Mr Yushenkov over the jailing of his father. Russian prosecutor-general Vladimir Ustinov and security services chief Nikolai Patrushev later presented their initial findings on the murder to the lower house of parliament, the Duma. The session was held behind closed doors, but reports said rival members of parliament joined forces to accuse the interior ministry and justice system of being unable to solve the murder. “Our security forces are in a pitiful state,” Gennady Seleznyov, speaker of the Duma, told journalists. “Investigative judges who make 4,000 roubles (120 euros) a month are up against well-armed and well-trained killers.” The suspect was detained at a flat in Moscow. Sources say the man’s father had written a letter criticising Mr Yushenkov. Correspondents say the killing of Mr Yushenkov, a leading liberal, stunned Russia’s political elite and sparked calls for an end to the climate of impunity that has often surrounded political killings. Full Story

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