Russian Opposition Leader Boris Nemtsov Reported Dead

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Opposition leader Boris Nemtsov appears in Moscow's Tverskoi Court. Along with other demonstrators, on February 25 Nemtsov was brought to the Court after taking part in a rally in support of so-called Bolotnaya Prisoners.
Photo: Bobylev Sergei/TAR-TASS Photo/Corbis

Russian news outlets have reported that Boris Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister under Boris Yeltsin and prominent critic of Russian President Vladmir Putin, was shot in the streets of Moscow, near the Kremlin, on Friday night. One of Nemtsov’s fellow opposition leaders, Illya Yashin, told one Russian news website, “Unfortunately I can see the corpse of Boris Nemtsov in front of me now. At the Bolshoy Zamoskvoretsky Bridge. I see the body and lots of police around it.”

The politician, who led several opposition parties over the course of his career, was scheduled to help lead a march on Sunday. 

The Guardian notes that it has been a decade since the last assassination of a politician in Moscow.