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Boris Nemtsov, leading Putin critic, shot and killed in Moscow

A top political nemesis of Vladimir Putin was shot and killed early Saturday in central Moscow, Russian police said, one day before an opposition rally was scheduled to take place.

Boris Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister, was shot four times from a passing car as he was walking on a bridge just outside the Kremlin.

The Washington Post reported that Nemtsov had angered Putin’s government two years ago when he charged that billions of dollars had been stolen from funds designated for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, his hometown.

Since serving as a deputy prime minister in the 1990s, he became a prominent opponent to Putin, helping organize street protests and exposing official corruption.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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