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Boris Nemtsov to be buried in Moscow

February 28, 2015, 12:54 UTC+3 NIZHNY NOVGOROD

Russian opposition and state figure was shot dead in downtown Moscow overnight to Saturday

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NIZHNY NOVGOROD, February 28. /TASS/. Russian politician Boris Nemtsov, who was killed overnight to Saturday, will be buried in Moscow, Nemtsov’s former press secretary and his close friend Alexander Kotyusov told TASS on Saturday.

"Nemtsov will be buried in Moscow. Relatives are now deciding what cemetery he will buried at," Kotyusov said, citing Nemtsov’s wife Irina Koroleva.

Russian opposition and state figure Boris Nemtsov, was shot dead in downtown Moscow overnight to Saturday with four shots from a handgun from a passing car, law enforcement agencies said.

According to preliminary data, an unknown assailant made a few shots at Nemtsov when the latter was walking along the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge.

Russia’s Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case into the killing under articles 105 (murder) and 222 (illegal arms turnover) of the Russian Criminal Code.

An investigation is underway. An investigative group is working at the site.

Russian Interior Ministry spokeswoman Yelena Alexeyeva said Saturday six bullet cartridges had been discovered at the site where Nemtsov had been killed. "Six cartridges have been found at the site. Four bullets hit Boris Nemtsov," Alexeyeva told journalists.

A law enforcement source said the murderer of Nemtsov had been spying on him.

Alexeyeva said manhunt activities were underway. "Nemtsov was walking with his female acquaintance who had arrived from Ukraine. They were strolling from St. Basil’s Cathedral toward the Bolotnaya Square," she said.

Investigators are currently questioning the woman who was walking side by side with him at the moment of the murder, but her identity is not disclosed in the interests of investigation.

Senior aide to the head of the Main Investigative Department in Moscow Yulia Ivanova told TASS investigators are considering all versions when probing into the murder and do not rule out it was a contract killing.


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