Boris Nemstov, former deputy minister to President Boris Yeltsin and political rival of current Russian President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead in the shadow of the Kremlin on Friday evening.

Nemstov, 55, a former member of Russian Parliament was co-chair of the Republican Party of Russia, was ambushed by men who pulled alongside him and shot him.

“Unfortunately I can see the corpse of Boris Nemtsov in front of me now,” co-founder of Nemtsov’s political party Ilya Yashin told Russia’s lenta.ru news website. “I see the body and lots of police around it.”

The BBC reports:

An unidentified attacker in a car shot Mr Nemtsov four times in the back as he crossed a bridge in view of the Kremlin, police say.

He died hours after appealing for support for a march on Sunday in Moscow against the war in Ukraine.

Putin has condemned the murder, and according to his spokesman Dmitry Peskov, he has assumed “personal control” of the investigation into the murder.

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